Poli 007 Spring 2015: U.S. Foreign Policy, Quiz #3

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Poli 007 Spring 2015: U.S. Foreign Policy, Quiz #3

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Dissatisfied with the Administration's policy of "constructive engagement" and quiet diplomacy to bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, the House in 1983 approved legislation applying sanctions against South Africa as part of an extension of the Export Administration Act. What is this an example of?
    • A. 

      Over-use and abuse of executive powers

    • B. 

      Fast-track authority for treaties

    • C. 

      Indirect legislative action and influence over FP

    • D. 

      Legislative restrictions and pressure to shape FP

  • 2. 
    What function of Congress in foreign-policy making does this photo best demonstrate?
    • A. 

      The power of the purse

    • B. 

      Informal use of influence and consultations with foreign officials

    • C. 

      Investigative committees

    • D. 

      Declaring war or authorizing military force

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is not an example of  people looking after their institutional and individual interest (as opposed to national interest)?
    • A. 

      Charlie Wilson wanting to please Joanne Herring using his position on the Defense Appropriations Committee

    • B. 

      Wilson and others arguing that the U.S. needs to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan to stop the USSR's expansion

    • C. 

      The other Congressman's speech at the refugee camp

    • D. 

      The CIA station chief in Islamabad rejecting Wilson's plan

  • 4. 
    Read this passage from one of your readings and then choose the statement below that is the most true:"It used to be argued, before presidents stopped even bothering to argue the point, that the congressional war power was outmoded in a century when the war was likely to start with a surprise attack. The Russians could obliterate 20 American cities in the time it took for Sen. Slowbrain to conclude his opening remarks at the first of half a dozen hearings. But constitutional provisions don't disappear just because they seem outmoded, and in this case, the provision is not even outmoded. As it has turned out, the characteristic American war of the 21st century is perfectly suited to the constitutional requirements."
    • A. 

      This author opposes the War Powers Act/Resolution

    • B. 

      This author is arguing that while the constitutional powers granted to Congress to declare war made a lot of sense during the Cold War, when there was a chance of an attack on US soil, they make little sense in an age of terror.

    • C. 

      This author is arguing that most wars today are wars of choice, or more specifically military interventions in foreign conflicts where there is more than enough time to consult Congress

    • D. 

      The author argues that the president does possess power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

  • 5. 
    Critics of the War Powers Resolution find all of the following problems with it except: 
    • A. 

      Vague consultation requirements

    • B. 

      Congress has failed to seize the powers given to it in the WPR

    • C. 

      The WPR does not attempt in the least to rein in POTUS powers

    • D. 

      Successive POTUSes have basically ignored it

  • 6. 
    According to one of the op-ed articles you read (the one by David Ignatius), many ambassadorial posts remain unfulfilled due to: 
    • A. 

      Congress exercising its power of confirmation of executive appointments

    • B. 

      The fact that Congress is unwilling to rein in a president when it comes to matters of national security

    • C. 

      Congress exercising is power of the purse

    • D. 

      POTUS using executive agreements

  • 7. 
    The article you read on Egypt policy demonstrates which Congressional power over foreign policy?
    • A. 

      Using power of the purse by attaching conditions to foreign aid

    • B. 

      Using legislative veto to derail the President's agenda in Egypt

    • C. 

      Using its power of confirmation of foreign ambassadors to make sure that Obama's choice for ambassador to Cairo is appropriate

    • D. 

      Using its power to declare war to intervene in the lawless Sinai peninsula

  • 8. 
    Charlie Wilson exercises Congressional power of the purse through is membership in: 
    • A. 

      The CIA

    • B. 

      Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    • C. 

      House defense appropriations subcommittee

    • D. 

      Republican caucus called "Friends of Afghanistan"

  • 9. 
    Presidents had so much unconstrained leverage over foreign policy between 1955-1965 for all of the following reasons except:
    • A. 

      Cold war consensus

    • B. 

      Acquiescent congress

    • C. 

      Antagonistic congress

    • D. 

      Congressional oversight committees did not yet exist

  • 10. 
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s contributed to public opinion against continued U.S. participation in the war. In this instance, Congress shaped USFP through:
    • A. 

      Its power of the purse

    • B. 

      Anticipated reactions

    • C. 

      Reporting requirements as a form of oversight

    • D. 

      Hearings as a form of oversight

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