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Presidency Quizzes & Trivia

These days especially, everyone and their mother has an opinion on the American Presidency, for good or for bad. In this quiz we aim to test your knowledge purely on the facts, however, in a simple True or False format to see how much you know about presidency in the USA.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The popularly elected president is an American invention.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Democratic president Jimmy Carter could not get the Democratic-controlled Senate to ratify his strategic arms limitation treaty.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    In a typical presidential election, one half of all voters will vote for one party's candidate for president and the other party's candidate for Congress.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    The general assumption of the Framers of the Constitution was that George Washington would be the first president.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Presidential elections have never been decided by the House of Representatives.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The Framers expected that the House of Representatives would frequently select the President.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    George Washington limited himself to two terms.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    George Washington was a strong supporter of political parties.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Congress decided no president's image would appear on currency until after his death.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The Nation's early presidents made extensive use of the veto power.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Although he had been elected as a military hero, Andrew Jackson had also been a member of both the House and the Senate.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Abraham Lincoln praised Andrew Jackson's exceptional use of executive authority.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Lincoln raised an army and spent money without prior approval of Congress.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 14. 
    Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclomation Act without prior congressional approval.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The Clean Air Act (1990) and the Welfare REform Act (1996) were both bill deigned by Congress, not by the president.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    From the Eisenhower years through the Reagan administration, Congress often took the lead in setting the legislative agenda.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    The text suggests presidents like to pretend the White House is not the large bureaucracy that it in fact has become.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    President Carter employed the pyramid structure for organization of personal staff.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 19. 
    There are ten major executive departments headed by cabinet officers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    A president rarely knows more than a few of the people that he appoints.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 21. 
    According to the text, much of Eisenhower's bumbling, incoherent manner of speaking was a strategic "public disguise."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    Richard Nixon thrived on personal confrontation and face-to-face encounters with other politicians.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Presidents have made fewer and fewer impromptu remarks in the years since Franklin Roosevelt held office.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    President Roosevelt failed to "purge" members of Congress who opposed his program.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Some presidents have not experienced a "honeymoon" in the sense of initially high levels of public support and congressional compliance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 26. 
    Most state governors possess the power of the line-tem veto.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 27. 
    In 1996, Congress effectively gave the president the power of the line item veto with the introduction fo the "enhanced rescission."
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 28. 
    The Supreme Court upheld the power of the president to carve up legislation, retaining only those parts with which he is in agreement.Th
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 29. 
    The Constitution specifically requires the president to divulge private communications between himself and his princiapl advisors if a congressional investigation demands such information.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 30. 
    For most of our nation's history, there was no serious challenge to the claim of presidential confidentiality.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 31. 
    The Constitution specifically requires the president to spend money that is appropriated by Congress.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 32. 
    The text suggests that a 60-hour workweek is typical for a president.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 33. 
    THe Supreme Court has declared so-called legislative vetoes unconstitutional.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 34. 
    Presidents routinely complain of what they feel is the limited scope of their power.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 35. 
    In 1841, John Tyler became the first vice president to become president because of the death of his predecessor.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 36. 
    THe only official task of the vice president is to preside over the Senate and to vote in case of a tie.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 37. 
    The 25th Amendment to the Constituion addresses the problem of presidential succession.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False