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Can a Request for Information (formerly called a "Point of Information") interrupt a speaker?


 

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What is the technical term under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) where an adjournment dissolves the assembly, such as the close of a convention or when the body will not be convened against unless called into special session?


 

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What is the consequence under Robert's Rules of making a motion proposeing to change the limits of debate made when no question is pending?


 

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Based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should a board adopt a typical treasurer's report?


 

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In order to protect the assembly from annoyances, can a chair operating under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) require a nonmember to leave the hall without a vote of the assembly?


 

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Once an agenda is adopted, waht vote is required to change it?


 

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For an organization that follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), if an organization has no special rule relating to the length of speeches, how long may a member who has obtained the floor while a debateable motion is pending speak?


 

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If your organization follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how many times is each member entitled to speak on a debatable Apppeal from the Decision of the Chair?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), when should the chair of a meeting ask: "Is there any unfinished business?"


 

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Must a resolution have WHEREAS clauses under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised?


 

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What is the vote required for an Objection to the Consideration of a Question under RONR?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised is the chair's reply to a parliamentary inquiry subject to an appeal?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a members speaking in debate yield their time to another speaker?


 

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Can a member using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) rise to claim preference in being recognized after the chair has recognied another member to speak?

 


 

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Do annual meetings approve minutes, if your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Here's another question from Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition, which uses a question-and-answer format to cover the most misused and asked-about provisions on Robert's Rules:

What is meant by a friendly amendment?


 

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If there is no rule to the contrary and your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the longest that a member, having obtained the floor while a debatable motion is pending, can speak without consent of the assembly?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), in what circumstances can the presiding officer vote in a small board (when there are not more than about a dozen members present)?


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, what is the vote required to suspend an ordinary standing rule (i.e., a rule that does not relate to parliamentary procedure)?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's, when would a motion to Limit or Extend the Limits of Debate be debatable?


 

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If a treasurer of an association that follows Robert's Rules is named an "ex officio" member of  the executive committee, what distinction is there between the treasurer and other board members? 


 

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According to Robert's, when does an adopted bylaws amendment go into effect?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), would it be appropriate for someone who was not nominated for an office to be elected during a ballot election?


 

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What is the term in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) for voting by postal mail, e-mail, or fax or by proxy voting.


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), most of the rules in the book are applicable to bodies possessing characteristics that include the following:

  1. freedom to act in concert, meeting to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken in teh name of the entire group
  2. meets in a single room or area or under equivalent conditions of opportunity for simultaneous aural communication amoung all participants
  3. Persons having the right to participate are ordinarily free to act according to their own judgment

What is the name of such an assembly?


 

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You are attending a convention, and a number of delegates have departed on the final day.  How will the departing delegates affect the quorum for the convention, if your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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In Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the type of voting method (and there are many specific ones) where "on a single ballot when there are more than two possible choices, the second or less-preferred choices of voters can be taken into account if no candidate or proposition attains a majority"?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the correct wording for the chair to state the question on an Appeal?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the difference in the vote required to close versus to reopen nominations?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is it permissible to write in the name of a candidate on the ballot, even if they were not nominated?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A proposed amendment to the bylaws is pending that will require a two-thirds vote for adoption.  If an amendment from the floor is proposed to the bylaws amendment, what vote is required for adoption according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)


 

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Your organization is considering a main motion.  If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) , is it in order to move to strike out one word at the beginning of the motion and one word at the end of the motion in the same motion to amend?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a member "explain" his vote during voting?


 

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A member realizes just after the result of a vote is announced that she accidentally voted on the wrong side of the question.  If the organization’s parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what must the member do to change her vote?


 

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You are a member of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  At last week's meeting, a motion was adopted that you now wish to repeal.  However, you were not present at that meeting.  Can you make the motion to Rescind? 


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Is it permitted for a member to speak against her own motion?  Can she vote against it?

 


 

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You are the member of an organization and have been asked to serve as parliamentarian.  Are there any rights as a member that you must forego to accept this position, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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A new edition of the most popular parliamentary authority was released in 2011.  What is the full title of the book?


 

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A committee has voted 8 to 3 in favor of presenting a motion to the assembly for adoption?  May a committee member who does not agree with the report speak against the motion before the assembly, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?

 


 

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A motion is being debated at the monthly meeting of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  After some discussion, the maker and seconder of the motion realize that a small wording change should be made to the motion.  Do they have this right?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), which of the following parliamentary steps could be in order while the privileged motion to Adjourn is pending?


 

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Your board of directors meets three times each year and follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A member wishes to delay the consideration of a matter until more information can be obtained.  Can the motion to Postpone to a Certain Time be used to delay the matter until the next board meeting? 


 

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A nonmember begins to disrupt the monthly meeting of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  The chair orders the offending nonmember to leave the hall.  If the nonmember does not feel that the order is fair, what can she do about it procedurally? 


 

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A large board with a parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is considering a proposal to "construct a new facility at a cost not to exceed $100,000."  During debate, it becomes apparent that different members have different thoughts on the amount of money to spend on the facility.  A member moves "to create a blank by striking out of the pending motion the sum '$100,000'" so that an unlimited number of proposals can be considered at the same time.  Is the motion to create the blank debatable?  Are suggestions to fill the blank debatable? 


 

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The members at a meeting review the minutes of the prior meeting.  An error in the minutes is noted and corrected.  Where does Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) suggest that corrections to the minutes be noted?


 

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During a meeting, a member obtains recognition and states "this motion we're discussing is a complete waste of time and I move to table it."  If the parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how should the presiding officer respond?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  On an Appeal, what is the effect of a tie vote?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), name at least one action that cannot be rescinded.


 

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Under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Ed.)("Sturgis"), what is the name given to the five motions that do not present a new proposal "but concern actions that were previously taken"?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should nominations be seconded?


 

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An organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is holding its annual multi-day convention.  At the end of each day, the assembly recesses until the following morning, at which point there are introductory ceremonies, including an invocation and a supplemental report of the Credentials Committee.  Should this be a "recess" or an "adjournment"?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A committee makes a report to a board, and the report only contains information.  Following the report, what parliamentary action should be taken?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  If a motion is made while no question is pending that proposes to change the regular limits of debate, is it debatable?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is a second required for nominations?  


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), which of the following does not meet the definition of a "deliberative assembly": convention, mass meeting, committee, legislative body, board, assembly of an organized society?  


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what motion requires a two-thirds vote against to be sustained? 


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), to be in order, an amendment must in some way involve the same question that is raised by the motion to which it is applied.  What is the name given to this principle?


 

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Under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)("Sturgis"), can a member discuss a motion and then move to close debate? 


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition). If an upcoming election for office is by ballot (and the Bylaws are silent on the matter), do you have to be nominated to be elected to office?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is it appropriate to seek recognition from the presiding officer to seek the floor for discussion, and then make a motion following your remarks?


 

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A voice vote is taken at a meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), followed by a standing uncounted vote (division).  A member doubts the result as announced by the Chairman.  Can the member demand a counted vote?


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the maximum amount of time that a member can speak at one time on a debatable motion?




 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) states that with respect to board or committee reports, the terms "adopt," "accept," and "agree to" are equivalent.  However, which term is the recommended choice in RONR?


 

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Your organization, which follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), has a Bylaws provision that prohibits officers from serving consecutive terms in the same office.  Jane was recently appointed by the Board to fill out the remaining nine months of the Vice President's 2-year term.  Can Jane be elected to the office of Vice President in the upcoming election to serve for two more years? 


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is necessary following a ballot election to hear the actual number of votes cast for each candidate (instead of just who won)? 


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), at what point does an election to an office become final? 


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what motion and vote are required in order to make the assembly conform to an adopted agenda, program, or order of business? 


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), by what method can a member of an organization speak during a meeting and criticize a prior act that is not pending at that time?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can the vote on a motion to Rescind or to Amend Something Previously Adopted be reconsidered?


 

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Using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as your parliamentary authority, which is the only subsidiary motion in which debate on the motion can go fully into the merits of the main question?


 

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Using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as your parliamentary authority, by what motion can a member "require the assembly to conform to its agenda, program, or order of business, or to take up a general or special order that is due to come up at the time, unless two thirds of those voting wish to do otherwise"?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should minutes be signed with the words "Respectfully Submitted" as a closing?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) (and except in a small board or a committee), when should the presiding officer stand?   


 

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You are a member of a committee and your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  The chairman of the committee refuses to call a meeting.  Is there any action you can take under RONR to force a meeting?    




 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is your parliamentary authority.  A roll-call vote has been ordered, and the roll is being called in alphabetical order. If you do not wish to vote in the affirmative or negative, how should you answer?    


 

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What is the term applied to a committee that is appointed with the authority to take all the steps necessary to carry out its instructions, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)? 


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), there are two types of questions of privilege.  What are they, and what is their order of importance?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), the motions to Rescind and to Amend Something Previously Adopted require what vote to adopt?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), does a member have the right to explain her vote during voting?  


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a motion to Amend be made while a motion to Postpone Indefinitely is pending?  


 

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You are attending a convention governed by Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and wish to change the program after its adoption.  What vote is required? 


 

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Using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as your parliamentary authority, name at least four different types of nominations.


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Should the minutes reflect how each member voted if a count has been ordered? 


 

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A school board meets monthly with a parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Using the motion to Postpone to a Certain Time, how long can a matter be postponed?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), the official organization of a convention is brought about by the separate consideration and adoption of the reports of what three committees in what order?


 

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What are the rights of the presiding officer to vote in the event of a ballot vote, according to The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)?  


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the proper form for making a Request for Information when information is desired of another member who is speaking?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and no state statutes govern your organization.  Under what circumstances can a member examine the minutes of the society?  Can the member also examine the minutes of the society's board of directors, if she is not a member of the board?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), the seconder of a motion can speak against (if the motion is debatable) or vote against the motion he seconded.  What can the maker of the motion NOT do?


 

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You are a member of a five person board of directors that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) to the letter.  (The board does not have any adopted procedural rules, other than Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).)  A resolution is being discussed concerning holding the annual general membership meeting in Chicago, IL.  A motion is made to postpone the discussion and vote on the resolution until the next board meeting.  Does the motion to postpone to a certain time need a second to be considered?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), an affirmative vote on a motion to Commit (or Refer) cannot be reconsidered if the committee has begun consideration of the question.  Why?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law suggests the mnemonic S-H-I-P for remembering the subjects upon which a question of privilege may be raised.  What does each letter represent?


 

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The board of an association is required by its bylaws to meet the first Thursday of each month.  At this month's meeting, a quorum is not present prior to the start of the meeting.  The officers attempt to obtain a quorum, but are not successful.  As a result, no business is transacted.  Must another meeting on another day in the same month be held to comply with the bylaws requirement, if the organization's parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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You are a member of a ten person board with a parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Three members have left the board and replacements have not yet been named.  If all rules of the organization are silent as to quorum, how many individuals must be present at a meeting to transact business?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what are the notice and vote requirements to adopt a standing rule which is not related to a convention?


 

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A convention is considering the report of the resolutions committee (which has been presented as one motion on a series of different subjects).  The parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  What vote is required if a member wishes for one of the resolutions to receive separate consideration and a vote?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A member has repeatedly questioned the motives of other members.  The chair has called the member to order, but the member refuses to be quiet.  Does the chair have the authority to order the offending member removed from the hall?


 

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Your organization's bylaws provide that the executive director is an "ex-officio member of the board of directors," but give no other guidance.  Is the executive director allowed to vote and to make motions during meetings of the board of directors?  The parliamentary authority of the organization is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what types of meetings should be closed to members of the organization?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  At the end of business at a regular meeting of an ordinary society, the chair asked, "Is there any further business?"  When there was no response, the chair adjourned the meeting.  Should the chair have asked for or waited for a motion to adjourn?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), under what circumstances is the motion to Appeal not debatable?


 

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A member of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) wants to prepare a resolution in favor of naming a new school for John Doe.  John Doe has two major arguments in favor of such recognition: (1) he was the first superintendent of the school system many years earlier; and (2) he later went on to serve his state with distinction as Governor.  Using these facts, prepare a resolution with two "Whereas" clauses in proper form.


 

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An organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  anticipates a particularly difficult meeting and wants to bring in an outside person to chair the meeting.  Is such a procedure allowed, and if so, what must be done to permit a nonmember to preside?


 

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You are a member of a board with fewer than a dozen members.  According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), name four ways in which the rules governing such a meeting are different than the rules that hold in other assemblies.


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), which of the following items should be included in minutes?

Notices of motions, Names of members present, Date and time of meeting, All main motions and the wording in which each motion was adopted, Debate by members, Names of movers of motions, Names of seconders of motions, The time of adjournment


 

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What terms are used in Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure in place of the motions to "Lay on the Table" and the "Previous Question" (the terms used in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition))?


 

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A motion is made and seconded that, "The club sponsor a pool party this summer at a cost not to exceed $500."  Following some discussion, a motion is made to amend the motion by changing "pool party" to "picnic."  The motion to amend receives a second and is now under discussion.  A member is recognized and moves to make an "amendment to the amendment" by striking the word "summer" and inserting in its place "fall" (so that the event will be in the fall, rather than the summer).  Is this motion to amend in order if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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A presiding officer is convinced that a member is using parliamentary motions for obstructive purposes.  What procedural course of action can the presiding officer take to resolve the situation, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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You are at the monthly meeting of an organization following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A main motion, amendment, and motion to refer are pending.  A motion is made and adopted to close debate on all pending motions.   The motion to Refer is voted on and defeated.  The motion to Amend is voted on and adopted.  The chair begins to state, "The question is on the adoption of the main motion as amended . . .," when she notices a member seeking recognition.  The member is recognized and moves to Table the main motion on the grounds that something else of immediate urgency has arisen.  Is the motion to Table in order given that the Previous Question has already been adopted and several votes taken?


 

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You are the parliamentarian for a monthly meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Votes are traditionally taken by a show of hands.  After a relatively close vote, a member calls for a Division of the assembly.  The member makes clear that he only expects a rising vote, not a counted vote.  The chair feels that a Division is not necessary because the previous vote was by hands and was the same as a Division.  Is the member entitled to a rising vote?


 

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A particular organization meets monthly and must be concerned about the following laws/rules.  Arrange them in order from most important to least important according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition). Bylaws, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), Ordinary Standing Rules, Federal Law, Special Rules of Order, Constitution, State Law, Articles of Incorporation


 

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Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition) recognizes that one use of the motion to suspend the rules is to "cancel out everything that has been done" on a motion when "the parliamentary situation in a meeting becomes so confused that neither the chair nor the members can figure out how to proceed."  What is the name given to this use of the motion to suspend the rules?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) generally permits an individual to speak to any debatable motion two times on the same day.  Name a motion which if debatable permits members to only speak once, but the presiding officer may speak to the motion twice.


 

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What is a "proviso"?


 

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The motion on the floor at a meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is that "delegates to the state convention be instructed to vote for the dues increase."  Is a motion to amend by inserting the word "not" between the words "convention" and "be" in order?  Is a motion to amend by inserting the word "not" between the words "instructed" and "to" in order?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), list the basic bylaws of an organization.


 

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You are planning the annual convention for your organization (which uses Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)).  What should be the first item of business following any preliminary ceremonies (welcome, pledge, introductions, etc.) on the first day of the convention?


 

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The bylaws of your organization (which uses Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as a parliamentary authority) provides that the officers shall "be elected by ballot."  The same person has held the office of Treasurer for 12 years and is unopposed for re-election.  The organization is 100% behind her election.  Can the ballot be taken by a voice vote if there is unanimous consent?  Can a motion be made to suspend the bylaws to allow such an election?


 

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One of the basic headings in the order of business is often erroneously referred to as "Old Business."  What is the proper title for this portion of the program, and how does an item get placed in this heading according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)


 

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You are a member of an organization with a parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Your elected board of directors recently held an important meeting and you wish to see a copy of minutes.  Are you entitled the minutes?


 

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The parliamentary authority of your organization is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  According to the Bylaws of the organization, the Treasurer is an ex-officio member of the Finance Committee.   Can the Treasurer speak and/or vote at Finance Committee meetings?


 

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A nominating committee wishes to nominate one of its own members for president of the organization.  Is this appropriate according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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If there is no specific rule on the subject, can the chairman of a meeting exclude nonmembers from the meeting if the nonmembers are causing no disruption, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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A close voice vote has been taken, and a member then calls for a division.  Another member is then recognized by the presiding officer and moves to adjourn.  Is the motion in order according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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The President-Elect of an organization has upset numerous members with recent statements about what he will do as President.    According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can the assembly now elect someone other than the President-Elect to the office of President?


 

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Sturgis Standard Code (4th Edition) omits "some of the unfamiliar terms and archaic motions encountered" in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  What is the suggested method in Sturgis for dealing with the following "out of date" motions?  Postpone Indefinitely, Previous Question, Quasi-Committee of the Whole


 

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According to Robert's, when does an adopted bylaws amendment go into effect?