Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Role of the Senate

The Constitution and the Senate

Part 1 of The Senate: Conflict and Compromise


From the C-SPAN Original Production The Senate: Conflict and Compromise, historians and Senators described the unique role that the Senate plays and why the framers of the Constitution designed it this way.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is meant by the Senate being described as a “cooling saucer?”
  • Why was the Senate intentionally created to be slow?
  • What unique powers does the Senate have?
  • Describe the differences between the requirements for the House and the Senate. Why did the founders include these differences in the Constitution?

Additional Resources



    • Advice And Consent
    • Checks And Balances
    • House Of Lords
    • House Of Representatives
    • Ratify
    • Senate


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