1. An obvious and important difference between a president and a prime minister is that the prime minister always has
A. interest-group support.
B. support in the opposing party.
C. support of the military.
D. majority support in parliament.
E. complete control over the timing of elections.
2. Presidents, even those with great majorities of their own party in Congress, experience difficulty in exercising legislative leadership because
A. the president must compete against interest groups for influence.
B. the president is unable to control Congress, unlike a prime minister.
C. the president's use of the veto is easily defeated by Congress.
D. Congress attracts greater publicity when challenging the president.
E. the president cannot counteract the influence of committee chairs.
3. The powers that the president shares with the Senate include
A. receiving ambassadors.
B. making treaties.
C. granting pardons for federal offenses.
D. ensuring that the laws are faithfully executed.
E. being commander in chief.
4. The greatest source of presidential power is
A. the power of referendum.
B. the threat of a veto.
C. the power to remove members of Congress from office for violating their oath of office.
D. politics and public opinion.
E. the power to make political appointments.
5. One source for the expansion of presidential power has been
A. civil-service reform.
B. the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment.
C. the president's role in foreign affairs.
D. the electoral college.
E. the conference committee.
6. The first problem for the Framers was to establish __________ the presidency.
7. To win a presidential election, a candidate must receive at least ____ electoral votes.
8. Each state determines how to cast its electoral college votes. Today, the system adopted by most of the states is
B. proportional division.
C. the use of national party conventions.
D. a vote by the members of Congress from that state.
E. a combination of proportional representation and lottery.
9. When a presidential election is thrown into the House, each __________ casts one vote.
B. state delegation
D. member of the majority party
E. representative and senator
10. Doing away with the electoral college would
A. make it more difficult for third parties to form.
B. heighten the influence of local politics.
C. heighten the influence of states in national politics.
D. encourage third parties to form.
E. take power away from third parties.
11. The first presidents exercised the veto power sparingly and with particular concerns for the __________ of legislation.
E. bipartisan nature
12. The first presidents established the legitimacy of the office by
A. exerting leadership over Congress through regular use of vetoes and legislative proposals.
B. treading cautiously.
C. demonstrating popularity with the people by winning popular referendums on their proposals.
D. defeating all votes of "no confidence" in Congress.
E. removing those who disagreed with them from Congress.
13. Andrew Jackson established the practice that the president's veto can be used
A. only on constitutional grounds.
B. without first having a law declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
C. even when Congress is still in session.
D. on policy grounds, even when a bill may be constitutional.
E. before legislation actually was passed.
14. President Lincoln’s unprecedented use of the vague powers granted in Article II were in response to the
A. debates of the Framers.
B. platform of the Republican Party.
C. conditions created by civil war.
D. philosophy of the Whig Party.
E. the intentions of state conventions during ratification of the Constitution.
15. The examples in the text teach that emergency conditions and __________ can offer presidents the opportunity for substantial increases in power.
A. a strong Congress
B. a popular and strong-willed personality
C. an uninterested public
D. majority support in the cabinet
E. a supportive Supreme Court
16. The Rule of Propinquity states that
A. power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
B. power tends to be shared most evenly when leadership is weakest.
C. power tends to be wielded by people who are in the room where a decision is made.
D. power is greatest when legitimacy is strongest.
E. power can never be exercised without the consent of all relevant parties.
17. The function of the White House Office is to
A. oversee the political and policy interests of the president.
B. head federal departments as the president's representative.
C. prepare the national budget for the president.
D. direct national security agencies such as the CIA and FBI.
E. inform members of the media of legislative initiatives.
18. A strong chief of staff is an important player in the __________ model of organization.
19. Presidents who favor personal involvement in the details of policy favor __________ structures.
A. circular and cluster
D. pyramidal and circular
E. trapezoidal and rectangular
20. Presidents who favor order and clear lines of authority favor __________ structures.
21. The text describes the president's cabinet as
A. a primary feature of the Constitution.
B. a key element in presidential decision making.
C. the final authority in White House policy making.
D. a functional, highly coordinated group.
E. largely a fiction.
22. Which of the following is the oldest cabinet department?
23. There are _____ administrative departments (or cabinet departments) in the executive branch.
24. The president appoints federal judges, subject to consent of the
C. House and Senate.
D. Supreme Court.
E. House, Senate and Supreme Court.
25. Rivalries tend to develop between the White House staff and department heads because
A. heads of large organizations tend to adopt the perspective of that organization.
B. department heads tend to seek political favors.
C. staff members tend to be more experienced than the department heads.
D. department heads are perceived as naïve and lacking in experience.
E. of typical office politics.
26. In recent administrations, presidential cabinet nominees are not likely to have had
A. a strong political following.
C. interest-group support.
D. prior government experience.
E. party affiliations.
27. The impact of the presidential race on the outcome of congressional elections
A. is quite strong, with a popular presidential candidate accounting for the victories of numerous congressional candidates of his or her party.
B. is important only to incumbents seeking reelection.
C. has declined in recent years and is quite small today.
D. makes a difference only when neither presidential candidate is the incumbent president.
E. is evident when candidates have little or no previous political experience.
28. The personal popularity of the president has its greatest effect on
A. how well members of his or her party do in House elections.
B. how well members of his or her party do in Senate elections.
C. how Congress treats his or her legislative proposals.
D. how he or she conducts foreign policy.
E. which leaders of the international community he or she is associated with.
29. A president’s popularity tends to be highest
A. at the end of his term.
B. after the first 100 days.
C. at mid-term.
D. after the mid-term elections.
E. right after an election.
30. President __________ was criticized for appearing to be bumbling and incoherent.
31. President __________ was a master legislative strategist who struggled to maintain popular support.
32. President __________ held a deep suspicion of the media and disliked personal confrontation.
33. President __________ was a Washington outsider who probably tried to do too many things.
C. George H. W. Bush
E. George W. Bush
34. President __________ gave wide discretion to subordinates and was a superb leader of public opinion.
C. George H. W. Bush
E. George W. Bush
35. President __________ ran as a "centrist" but, once elected, began governing as a "liberal."
C. George H. W. Bush
E. George W. Bush
36. The veto message must be sent to Congress within _____ days.
37. The likelihood of Congress overriding a president's veto is
A. extremely high.
B. most likely on bills dealing with foreign affairs.
C. more likely when a pocket veto is involved.
D. extremely low.
E. low if the president is in the fourth year of the term.
38. The Supreme Court was able to avoid the issue of executive privilege until
A. the Civil War.
B. the Great Depression.
C. The Teapot Dome scandal.
E. the Whitewater scandal.
39. In the Watergate tapes case, the Supreme Court held that
A. there is no executive privilege.
B. there is absolute presidential immunity from the judicial process.
C. there is no unqualified presidential privilege of immunity from the judicial process.
D. no presidential aides were involved.
E. the executive branch cannot generally be investigated by the legislative branch.
40. On the issue of a president's right to impound funds, the Constitution says
A. that a president must spend the money that Congress appropriates.
B. that a president does not have to spend money that Congress appropriates.
C. that a president may spend money that Congress does not appropriate.
D. that Congress can limit the right when the funds are related to national defense.
41. Presidential impoundment of funds has been severely limited in recent years because of
A. a string of unfavorable court decisions.
B. an act of Congress passed in 1974.
C. public outrage.
D. the opposition of the federal bureaucracy.
E. media scrutiny.
42. A signing statement is a statement issued
A. by the president about a bill he has just signed into law.
B. by the courts that questions the constitutionality of a law.
C. by the House when a bill has been appropriated.
D. by the president about why he has vetoed a bill.
E. by the Senate.
43. The constraints imposed on the president suggest that the chief executive's best legislative strategy is to
A. submit a large number of policies to Congress in hopes that a few will be enacted.
B. have a limited agenda and invest his or her influence carefully.
C. submit major proposals immediately prior to a congressional election.
D. announce important domestic policy initiatives while overseas to pressure Congress to act quickly.
E. use the media to goad Congress into accepting a wide-ranging agenda.
44. In recent decades all presidents have had to devote substantial amounts of their time to foreign affairs and to
A. the economy.
B. law enforcement.
C. parks and recreation areas.
D. social issues such as abortion and the death penalty.
E. the war on drugs.
45. A president's success in getting Congress to go along with his or her programs can be measured in two ways—by the proportion of presidential proposals approved by Congress and by the
A. total amount of funding allocated by Congress for the president's programs.
B. proportion of votes taken in Congress on which the president's position prevails.
C. speed at which the president's programs are acted on by Congress.
D. number of amendments and riders that Congress attaches to the president's various proposals.
E. the percentage of the president's party members who vote for his or her position.
46. The proportion of measures submitted by the president to Congress that are approved is
A. less than half.
B. almost all because presidents have become selective in their proposals.
C. very low because members of Congress receive little publicity when agreeing with the president.
D. increasing steadily.
A. placed restrictions on the president’s ability to use military force.
B. was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
C. gave the president unlimited power to declare war.
D. was endorsed by President Nixon.
E. placed restrictions on Congress’ ability to use military force.
60. The decisive check on presidential authority in foreign policy is
A. congressional intelligence oversight committees.
B. the president's advisers.
C. public opinion.
D. the professional military.
E. the cabinet.
61. When Barack Obama took office, what happened to the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)?
A. They were declared unconstitutional.
B. They were both renewed without any important changes.
C. They were both renewed with important changes.
D. The Patriot Act was renewed and FISA was declared unconstitutional.
E. The FISA was renewed and the Patriot Act was declared unconstitutional.
62. Which economic adviser to the president probably would be most concerned with the views of foreign bankers?
A. The CEA chair
B. The Secretary of the Treasury
C. The OMB head
D. The Federal Reserve Board chair
E. The Secretary of Commerce
63. The __________ consists of seven persons who are appointed by the president and who serve fourteen-year terms.
C. Treasury Department
D. Federal Reserve Board
E. Commerce Department
64. The purpose of a budget resolution is to
A. override a presidential veto of an appropriation bill.
B. state the total amount of allowable spending before appropriation bills are passed.
C. have the president address Congress on the state of the union before the budget is considered.
D. raise the debt ceiling to enable more deficit spending.
E. inform Congress of contradictions in formal requests.
A. budget surplus.
B. budget deficit.
C. national debt.
E. continuing resolution.
66. The popularly elected president is an American invention.
67. Under a parliamentary system, voters do not elect the chief executive.
68. Article II provides a long list of formal presidential powers.
69. The president cannot grant a pardon in a case involving impeachment.
70. The president can convene Congress in special sessions.
71. Woodrow Wilson viewed the presidency as an office that featured extraordinary powers.
72. The greatest source of presidential power is found in public opinion.
73. The president’s power has increased since Congress has begun leaving the details of many programs for the executive branch to determine.
74. It was widely assumed that James Madison would be the nation's first president.
75. There are 600 electoral votes.
76. To become president, a candidate must collect 270 electoral votes.
77. It is possible to become president with the electoral vote of only ten states.
78. If no candidate receives a majority of the electoral college vote, the Senate selects the president.
79. Polls suggest that most Americans would like to abolish the electoral college.
80. If the electoral college were abolished, third parties would have greater incentives to form.
81. To establish the legitimacy of the presidency as a powerful actor, early presidents frequently exercised the veto.
82. Lincoln justified his expansive actions during the Civil War on the basis of presidential power and his role as commander in chief.
83. Until the 1930s, Congress dominated the government in terms of formulating legislation.
84. The Rule of Propinquity states that power is wielded by persons who are in the room when a decision is made.
85. Senior White House staff members are typically drawn from the ranks of the president's campaign.
86. Age (thirty-five) and natural-born citizen requirements are the only requirements for the presidency.
87. The president earns an annual salary of around $1 million.
88. The Department of State is one of the agencies in the Executive Office of the President.
89. Members of the president's cabinet are selected with the consent of the Senate.
90. The Department of Defense is the cabinet department with the highest number of civilian employees.
91. The newest cabinet department is the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
92. Presidents actually appoint a very small percentage of the employees in the various departments of government.
93. Many presidential nominees and appointees are identified as "in and outers" because they are part of the "revolving door" of hires exchanged between government, universities, and various law firms.
94. Most cabinet nominations in recent administrations have been made in recognition of policy expertise or administrative experience.
95. Franklin D. Roosevelt successfully purged members of Congress who opposed his programs.
96. The effect of presidential coattails in elections is quite small today.
97. Popular presidents are more successful at getting bills that they support passed in Congress.
98. The popularity that a president has immediately after being sworn in often declines by the midterm elections.
99. In 2002 the Republicans gained seats in the House and the Senate.
100. President Eisenhower's style of leadership was similar in public and in White House conferences.
101. President Kennedy preferred clear hierarchical lines of authority.
102. Because Lyndon Johnson knew almost everyone in Washington, he was comfortable delegating decisions.
103. Richard Nixon disliked personal confrontations.
104. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were considered Washington outsiders.
105. George H. W. Bush had a recognized skill at one-on-one foreign diplomacy.
106. When the Republicans gained control of Congress in 1994, President Clinton began governing as a liberal “old” Democrat.
107. George W. Bush had little background in foreign affairs.
108. Executive privilege refers a president's right to withhold information from Congress.
109. The pocket veto may be used during both recesses and adjournments of Congress.
110. Presidents must accept or reject bills in their entirety.
111. Presidential vetoes are often overridden by Congress.
112. George W. Bush made vigorous use of the veto power.
113. The Constitution specifically allows presidents to withhold private communications between themselves and their principal advisers.
114. In United States v. Nixon, the Supreme Court held that the president has a qualified executive privilege only.
115. Presidential claims of executive privilege were supported in Supreme Court cases throughout the Clinton administration.
116. The Budget Reform Act of 1974 may be unconstitutional because it contains a provision for a legislative veto.
117. A signing statement can be controversial when it challenges the constitutionality of a bill.
118. Although President Obama was opposed to the issuance of signing statements, he has signed five that raised constitutional objections.
119. A typical work week for the president might be ninety hours.
120. Most federal expenditures are beyond the president's control.
121. The president's best legislative strategy is to have a policy on almost everything.
122. Before the ratification of the Twenty-second Amendment in 1951, several presidents served more than two full terms.
123. Most vice presidents have had success in later running for the presidency.
124. The only official task of a vice president is to appear at all state funerals.
125. Presidential succession is a concern only in the event a president dies in office.
126. When Ford and Rockefeller were sworn in as president and vice president, there was a crisis in public opinion.
127. According to law, federal civil servants are not subject to impeachment.
128. President Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives.