Chapter 14: The Presidency

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Presidency Quizzes & Trivia

This is the multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge about the presidency.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why is it more difficult for an American president to get his program enacted in comparison with a prime minister in a parliamentary system?
    • A. 

      Because of divided government, when one or both houses of Congress differ from the president's political party

    • B. 

      Because the president has fewer constitutional powers than a prime minister

    • C. 

      Because the president has less control over the cabinet than a prime minister

    • D. 

      Because prime ministers can enact their programs without the approval of parliament

    • E. 

      Because the Supreme Court in the United States frequently uses judicial review to overturn presidential programs

  • 2. 
    All of the following are features of the electoral college system EXCEPT
    • A. 

      There is a winner-take-all system in 48 states

    • B. 

      If no one wins a majority of electoral college votes, the election is decided by the House of Representatives

    • C. 

      When the House of Representatives decides an election, each member only has one vote

    • D. 

      State electoral ballots are opened and counted before a joint session of Congress

    • E. 

      Occasionally an elector will vote for a presidential candidate other than the one who carried his or her state

  • 3. 
    President Cleveland used federal troops to break up a labor strike, and President Eisenhower sent federal troops to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Which clause fothe Constitution gave them this power?
    • A. 

      Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces

    • B. 

      Convene Congress ins special sessions

    • C. 

      Commission officers in the armed forces

    • D. 

      Take care that the laws be faithfully executed

    • E. 

      Wield the "executive power"

  • 4. 
    One of the criticisms of President Carter was that he was so involved with the minor details of policies that he couldn't see the forest for the trees. How did the President Carter structure his White House staff?
    • A. 

      Ad hoc

    • B. 

      Circular

    • C. 

      Bureaucratic

    • D. 

      Pyramid

    • E. 

      Business model

  • 5. 
    How are cabinet secretaries and the attorney general selected?
    • A. 

      The president appoints cabient secretaries and the attorney general, subject to Senate confirmation, and they serve at his will

    • B. 

      THe president usually retains his predecessor's cabient secretaries and attorney general

    • C. 

      THe president appoints cabient secretaries and the attorney general for fixed fourteen-year terms of office

    • D. 

      Cabinet secretaries and the attorney general are appointed by the presidnet and can be removed by Congress at will.

    • E. 

      The president appoints cabient secretaries and the attorney general, and they must resign at end of the presidential term.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Presidents often rule by decree and executive order; as a result, much of their program becomes law

    • B. 

      Presidents oftne have a majority of both houses of Congress; as a result, many of their proposals are adopted

    • C. 

      The president must rely heavily on persuasion to get things done

    • D. 

      Because the president can always call a press conference, he often uses the media to his advantage to get his program passed

    • E. 

      The president has more power to get things done in the second half ofh is term because by then he has established himself in office

  • 7. 
    Which of the following had a negative impact on presidential approval ratings?I. the poor economy during George H. W. Bush's administartionII. the impeachment proceedings against ClintonIII.  the Vietnam War during the Johnson administationIV. the Watergate investigation during the Nixon administration
    • A. 

      I and II

    • B. 

      I, II, and III

    • C. 

      II, III, and IV

    • D. 

      I, III, and IV

    • E. 

      I and IV

  • 8. 
    Happens to a bill that is not signed or vetoed within ten days while Congress is still in session?
    • A. 

      It becomes law automatically, without hte president's approval

    • B. 

      It is "pocket vetoed" and does not become law

    • C. 

      It becomes law as soon as Congress adjourns; until then, the president may veto it

    • D. 

      It is held over until the next session of Congress

    • E. 

      It becomes law if 60 percent of both houses of Congress approve it.