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Quiz on the President of the United States

  
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  • 1. 
    The Constitution stated that the requirements for being president are all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Obtaining a majority of the electoral votes.

    • B. 

      Having resided in the United States for at least 14 years.

    • C. 

      Being a natural-born citizen.

    • D. 

      Being at least 35 years old.

    • E. 

      Being a member of a political party.


  • 2. 
    Which of the following represents reasons why presidents have trouble getting things done? I. Other policymakers have their own agendas and interests. II. Other policymakers have their own sources of power. III. Congress is not to beholden to the president but to other interests. IV. The influence of special interest groups and lobbyists play a significant role.
    • A. 

      I only.

    • B. 

      II only.

    • C. 

      I and III only.

    • D. 

      II and IV only.

    • E. 

      I,II,III, and IV.


  • 3. 
    Examples of people on the White House staff include all the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The Chief of Staff

    • B. 

      The White House cook

    • C. 

      The National Security Advisor

    • D. 

      The vice president

    • E. 

      The press secretary


  • 4. 
    After congress passes an appropriations bill, the president may do all the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Exercise a line item veto after signing the bill.

    • B. 

      Send it directly to the Supreme Court for judicial review.

    • C. 

      Veto it, sending it back to Congress with the reasons for rejecting it.

    • D. 

      Let it become law after ten working days by not doing anything to it.

    • E. 

      Not sign it after Congress adjourns, exercising a pocket veto.


  • 5. 
    When the president needs support, which of the following does he look to? I. the federal bureaucracy II. the cabinet III. the president's party leadership in Congress IV. public support
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      II and III only

    • D. 

      III and IV only

    • E. 

      I, II, III, and IV


  • 6. 
    Using the bully pulpit refers to a president
    • A. 

      Using the power and influence of his office to exert pressure.

    • B. 

      Calling upon members of his cabinet to influence legislation.

    • C. 

      Using his veto power to reject legislation.

    • D. 

      Signing a piece of legislation into law.

    • E. 

      Taking a trip to a foreign country to sign a treaty.


  • 7. 
    When an international event that is interpreted as an imminent threat to the United States takes place, the immediate effect in the president's approval rating is usually
    • A. 

      A sharp increase.

    • B. 

      A sharp decrease.

    • C. 

      A slight increase.

    • D. 

      A slight decline.

    • E. 

      No change at all.


  • 8. 
    Which of the following describes a presidency that has become too powerful?
    • A. 

      An imperial presidency

    • B. 

      A presidency that refuses to react to the threat of foreign problems

    • C. 

      A presidency facing a recession

    • D. 

      Congressional gridlock

    • E. 

      A president who vetoes the majority of legislation sent to him


  • 9. 
    All the following help to explain the president's difficulty in controlling agencies EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Agency officials often have political support from interest groups.

    • B. 

      Agency staff often have information and technical expertise that the president and presidential advisers lack.

    • C. 

      The president can only fire agency appointees if the Senate agrees.

    • D. 

      Civil servants who remain in their jobs through changes of administration develop loyalties to their agencies.

    • E. 

      Congress often competes for influence over federal agencies.


  • 10. 
    Which of the following is responsible for the preparation of executive spending proposals submitted to Congress?
    • A. 

      Treasure Department

    • B. 

      Council of Economic Advisors

    • C. 

      Federal Trade Commission

    • D. 

      Department of Commerce

    • E. 

      Office of Management and Budget


  • 11. 
    All of the following are formal or informal sources of presidential power EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Presidential authority to raise revenue.

    • B. 

      Presidential access to the media.

    • C. 

      Precedents set during previous administrations.

    • D. 

      Public support.

    • E. 

      The Constitution.


  • 12. 
    Which of the following methods is used by a president who wants to persuade recalcitrant members of Congress to vote for a particular bill?
    • A. 

      Transfers members who oppose the bill to unpopular committees

    • B. 

      Denies campaign funds to members who oppose the bill

    • C. 

      Threatens to deny renomination to members who oppose the bill

    • D. 

      Threatens to veto a different bill that enjoys bipartisan support in Congress

    • E. 

      Makes a direct appeal to the public


  • 13. 
    Invocation of the War Powers Act of 1973 would be most important in determining
    • A. 

      The nature of the commitment of United States Marines to a peace-keeping role in Bosnia.

    • B. 

      The amount of financial aid to the Contras of Nicaragua.

    • C. 

      The timing of naval maneuvers off the coast of Libya.

    • D. 

      The appointment of the Joint Cheifs of Staff.

    • E. 

      The legality of extraditing foreign agents responsible for acts of terrorism.


  • 14. 
    The usefulness to the president of having cabinet members as political advisors is undermined by the fact that
    • A. 

      The president has little latitude in choosing cabinet members.

    • B. 

      Cabinet members have little political support independent of the president.

    • C. 

      Cabinet members are usually drawn from Congress and retain loyalties to Congress.

    • D. 

      The loyalties of cabinet members are often divided between loyalty to the president and loyalty to their own executive departments.

    • E. 

      The cabinet operates as a collective unit and individual members have limited access to the president.


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