The President

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Question 1
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Which of the following statements is true?

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A

The founders created the electoral college to allow voters to directly elect the U.S. president.

B

In a parliamentary system, the voters directly elect a prime minister, premier, or chancellor as the chief executive.

C

In a parliamentary system, the executive and the majority in the legislature must be of the same party or a coalition of parties.

D

Much of the time, the majority in the U.S. Congress and the president have been from the same party.

E

Most European nations have electoral college systems similar to the United States.

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Question 2
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Which of the following is true?

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A person that is born in another country but becomes a U.S. citizen may run for president.

B

A person born in U.S. territories is not considered a natural born citizen.

C

A person born in the United States but has lived abroad for fourteen years may not become  president.

D

A person who is born on U.S. soil or is born to American parents may become president.

E

All of the above are true.

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Question 3
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The Constitution states that the required minimum age for the presidency is

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twenty-five years.

B

thirty years.

C

thirty-five years.

D

forty years.

E

forty-five years.

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Question 4
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Who was the youngest person to be elected president of the United States?

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Jimmy Carter

B

John F. Kennedy

C

Harry Truman

D

William Clinton

E

Barack Obama

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Question 5
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Which of the following best describes the people who have been elected president?

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Older and from western states

B

Primarily Catholics and Jews

C

Military commanders from the South

D

White, male Protestants

E

California natives

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Question 6
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Which of the following is true?

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A
The religious faith of most all presidents have been of the Protestant tradition.
B
Five presidents have been Roman Catholics.
C
No presidents have been Roman Catholics.
D
One president has been an avowed atheist.
E
Options A and C are true.
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Question 7
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When no presidential candidate receives a majority of the electoral vote, the

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A
current president serves two more years and another general election is held.
B
candidate who receives a plurality of the popular vote is elected.
C
electors cast a second ballot to determine who will be elected.
D
election is decided in the House of Representatives.
E
Options B and D are true.
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Question 8
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A constitutional amendment to clarify the way votes are cast in the electoral college was necessary because

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there was no way to tell which votes were for president and which were for vice president.
B
there was a tie in the electoral votes in the election of 1800.
C
large states did not have fair representation in the electoral college.
D
in three elections no candidate received a majority of votes for the president.
E
Options A and B are true.
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Question 9
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Which of the following statements about presidential elections is true?

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A
One can become president without winning the popular vote.
B
The Twelfth Amendment requires that the president and the vice president be chosen separately.
C
Twenty-one presidents have served only one term in office.
D
The electoral college has twice failed to give any candidate a majority and the election was decided in the House of Representatives.
E
All of the above are true.
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Question 10
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The president, in the capacity as head of state, is responsible for

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determining the countries for which the United States will have diplomatic relations.
B
engaging in activities that are largely symbolic or ceremonial in nature.
C
conducting the foreign policy of the country.
D
leading the legislative process by submitting legislation.
E
administering the laws.
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Question 11
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In most democratic governments, the head of state is

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the chief executive officer of the nation.
B
an office without any significant duties.
C
the prime minister.
D
someone other than the chief executive.
E
the chief justice or other top judicial official.
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Question 12
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Which of the following is an example of the president acting as head of state?

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Sending new legislation on healthcare to Congress for consideration
B
Appointing a new person to be Secretary of State
C
Hosting the Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at a special dinner in her honor
D
Sending troops and a hospital ship into an international disaster zone
E
Receiving a new ambassador from Russia
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Question 13
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As chief executive, the president is constitutionally bound to

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enforce laws, treaties, and court orders.
B
submit a balanced budget to Congress.
C
inform Congress prior to any military action.
D
oversee actions of state governments.
E
honor pronouncements of previous presidents.
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Question 14
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The number of political appointments available to the president

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is constrained by the civil service system.
B
puts the president in charge of deciding which individuals will occupy more than fifty thousand jobs in government.
C
allows the president to appoint a majority of the civilian appointments in the bureaucracy.
D
is confined mainly to the military.
E
has been dramatically limited by the use of the constitutional amendment process.
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Question 15
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All of the following are true of the president as chief executive except

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the president uses the appointment power to fill cabinet and subcabinet positions.
B
the president may remove from office those who are not doing a good job.
C
the president may remove members of congressional committee that are against his/her policies.
D
the president must "faithfully execute the laws."
E
the president has the federal bureaucracy to assist in carrying out various tasks.
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Question 16
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The granting of release from punishment for a crime is called a(n)

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reprieve.
B
congressional sanction.
C
pardon.
D
executive privilege.
E
impeachment.
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Question 17
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With regard to presidential pardons, all of the following statements are true except

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A
the Supreme Court has ruled that presidents can grant pardons or reprieves for all offenses.
B
presidents may grant a pardon only if the person to be pardoned has been convicted of a crime.
C
President Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate affair.
D
President Carter issued a blanket pardon for Vietnam War-era military draft resisters.
E
the Constitution gives the president the power to grant reprieves and pardons.
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Question 18
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As commander-in-chief, the president is

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only a symbolic leader of the military.
B
the ultimate decision maker in military matters.
C
allowed to make military decisions, but only with the approval of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
D
not responsible for military decisions.
E
obligated to sit on the Board of Regents for the military, naval, and air force academies.
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Question 19
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Which action(s) is (are) part of the president's role as commander in chief?

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President Clinton meeting with heads of other countries
B
President Reagan signing a law allowing the United States to give aid to Egypt
C
President Ford pardoning President Nixon for his involvement in Watergate
D
President Bush ordering the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan
E
All are part of the president's role as commander in chief.
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Question 20
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The requirement that the president must report to Congress within forty-eight hours of sending troops into hostilities and then obtain the approval of Congress within sixty days is established by

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the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp.
B
the War Powers Resolution.
C
the National Security Act.
D
the Nixon Protocol.
E
Article II of the Constitution.
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