AP Gov Ch. 14
In a parliamentary system, the voters cannot choose
their prime minister.
An obvious and important difference between a president and a prime minister is that the latter always has
majority support in parliament
If you are an ambitious member of the British Parliament, prudence will dictate that you
avoid displeasing the leader of your party
With substantial Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, President Kennedy, during the last year of his presidency, was able to secure passage of ______ of his proposals
Of the twenty-four congressional or presidential elections between 1952 and 1996, _____ produced a divided government
The text cites the 1946 Marshall Plan and the Tax reform of 1986 to illustrate that
both were produced by divided governments
The text suggests “unified government” might be
something of a myth
Which of the follow statements is incorrect?
None of the above
“Unified government” may have been present when
A and B (Roosevelt was president in 1933 and Johnson was president in 1965)
The text observes that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention feared
monarchy and anarchy about equally
An aspect of George Washington’s personality that encouraged the delegates to the Constitutional Convention to approve an elected presidency was his
If the Framers had decided to have the president chosen by Congress, we could reasonably expect Congress to dominate the president
or the president to corrupt the legislature
One of the fears expressed by the Founders about aspects of the Presidency was the fear ofa president’s
using the militia to overpower state governments
Alexander Hamilton stood at the Constitutional Convention and gave a five hour speech calling for
an elective monarchy
The cause of those who argued for a single, elected president at the convention, was no doubt, aided by the fact that
everybody assumed that George Washington would be the first president
One concern expressed at the Convention focused on the possibility that shared powers would cause the president to be a mere “tool” of
When no candidate receives a majority of votes in the electoral college, the House of Representatives decides who will win a presidential election. This circumstance
has occurred only twice.
The first plan suggested at the Convention called for the president to be chosen by
The second plan that was suggested at the Convention called for the president to be chosen by
direct vote of the people
The Framers solved the problem of how to elect the president by
creating the Electoral College
Under the original provisions of the US Constitution, the states were to choose presidential electors
however they wished
The Framers assumed that, under the electoral college system, most presidential elections would be decided in the House. Why did this not turn out to be the case?
because the political parties ended up playing a major role in producing nationwide support for a slate of national candidates
Regarding terms of office, the pattern among most early presidents was to
serve two terms and then leave office
Presidents are now limited to two terms by the
The legitimacy of the office of president was aided during the years of the first presidents by which of the following?
the minimal role played by the early government
Which of the following statements is incorrect?
State electors assemble in Washington to cast their ballots.
Which of the following statements about elections thrown into the House of Representatives is incorrect?
The House chooses from among the top two candidates.
The personality of which president began to alter the relationship between the president and Congress and the nature of presidential leadership?
Prior to the 1850s, the president who made the most vigorous use of the veto power was
Andrew Jackson established the precedent that a president’s veto can be used
on policy grounds even when a bill may appear to be constitutional
The era from 1836 to 1932 is commonly viewed as one of
President Lincoln justified his unprecedented use of the vague powers granted in Article II of the US Constitution by citing
the conditions created by civil war
From the examples of Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln, one learns that emergency conditions and ____ can offer presidents the opportunity for substantial increases in power.
a popular and strong-willed personality.
When we say that a powerful presidency has been institutionalized, we mean that its power is no longer dependent on
All of the following are powers that only the president is constitutionally entitled to exercise except
The powers that the president shares with the Senate include
Woodrow Wilson’s 1884 work on American politics suggested the business of the president was generally
routine and administrative
Grover Cleveland used federal troops to break a labor strike by invoking his power to
take care that the laws be faithfully executed
According to the text, the greatest source of presidential power lies in the real of
politics and public opinion
Until the 1930s, the pattern of US legislation was that
initiative was taken by Congress and responded to by the president
The rule of propinquity states that
power tends to be wielded by the people who are in the room where a decision is made
The principal function of the White House Office is to
oversee the political and policy interests of the president
The Senate is required to confirm all of the following presidential nominations except
members of the White House Office
According to the text, the three methods by which a president can organize his personal staff are
pyramid, circular, and ad hoc
The method of staff organization that poses the risk of isolating or misinforming the president is called
President Clinton’s use of task forces, committees, and informal groups of friends and advisers is characteristic of which method of staff organization
When President Reagan appointed a chief of staff in 1985, he was acting according to what model of organization?
With respect to advice, most presidents discover that it is best to
rely heavily on one or two key subordinates
Today, senior White House staff members are drawn from the ranks of
the president’s campaign staff
The most important agency in the Executive Office of the President in terms of providing administrative assistance is
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Which of the following statements about the collegial nature of deliberations at cabinet meetings is true?
It is largely a fiction
The seating order at cabinet meetings most accurately reflects
the age of the department
The cabinet officers consist of the heads of
the major executive departments
One reason a president has relatively little power over his cabinet departments because he
cannot appoint more than a fraction of their employees.
The main reason the cabinet is a weak entity is that
the secretaries defend, explain, and enlarge their own agencies
What distinguishes executive and independent agencies?
The distinction is not altogether clear
The prior work experience of presidential appointees to the executive branch is most likely to include
some federal agency
Richard Neustadt used the label “in and outers” for
persons who alternated between government and private sector jobs
The “in and outer” problem is not so much of a problem in the parliamentary systems because cabinet officers
come from the legislature AND are typically full-time career politicians
A trend in recent cabinet appointments has been to
include those without political followings
Relationships between White House staff and department heads are typically characterized by
tension and rivalry
Personality plays a more important role in explaining the presidency than it does in explaining Congress because a president is
more likely to be judged by his character in addition to his accomplishments
The presidential character of Lyndon Johnson was characterized by
persuasion in face-to-face encounters
The presidential character of Richard Nixon was characterized by
deep suspicion of the media
The presidential character of Ronald Reagan was characterized by
giving wide latitude to subordinates
Presidents need to rely on their powers of persuasion because of their
sketchy constitutional powers and lack of ensured legislative majorities
The presidential audiences listed by Neustadt include all of the following except
heads of state from around the world
When FDR gave the impression of self-confidence and being on top of things, the audience that was most likely to perceive him as effective comprised
fellow politicians and leaders
When a president makes fire-and-brimstone speeches confirming a shared sense of purpose, he is appealing principally to
partisan activists at the state and local levels
When a presidential candidate talks on the campaign trail of the many good things that he would accomplish as president, he is appealing principally to
the general public
Although Republicans gained seats in the House in 1980 and 1984, political scientists are reluctant to conclude that the gains were due to presidential coattails becasue
Congressional elections are frequently insulated from presidential elections
Which of the following statements concerning recent party gains and losses in the House and Senate is incorrect?
None of the above
Which of the following statements is incorrect?
none of the above
From the time of winning office to the time of leaving it, the popularity of most recent presidents
decreased except at election time
Members of Congress pay attention to the personal popularity of a president becasue
politicians tend to rise and fall together
How successful a president is with legislation in Congress is difficult to gauge because
he can keep his victory high by no taking a position on any controversial measure
The classic example of the honeymoon phenomenon was
Veto power and executive privilege give a president both a way of blocking action and a
means of forcing Congress to bargain
If by December 30 the president does not sign a bill that was sent to him by COngress on December 24, he has probably
used his pocket veto
A bill is passed to the president for action while Congress is still in session. After ten days he has still not approved it. What happens to the bill?
It becomes laws.
When President Reagan was governor of California, he could veto portions of a bill that were irrelevant to the subject of the bill. He was exercising what is called
a line-item veto
More than 2500 presidential vetoes have been made since 1789. Congress has overridden about what percent of these?
The presidential claims for executive privilege are based on the separation of powers and on
the need for candid advice from aides
US v. Nixon held that there is
no unqualified presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process
The result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in US v Nixon was that
Nixon was forced to hand over the disputed tapes and papers
On the issue o fa president’s right to impound funds, the US Constitution says
The major test of presidential power with respect to impoundment of funds came in the administration of
Presidential impoundment of funds has been severely limited inrecent years because of
the Budget Reform Act of 1974
President Clinton’s approach to his program was to
have a policy on almost everything
President Reagan’s approach to his program was to
concentrate on only a few issues at a time
A president who is uncertain whether a policy he is considering will be controversial would be most likely to
leak parts of the policy to the media
One major constraint on a president’s ability to plan and develop a program is the
limit of his or her time and attention span
The typical workweek for a president numbers aprox.
One of the crises the Clinton administration faced was
continuing war in Bosnia and other parts of Yugoslavia
The approach taken by most presidents in dealing with the constraints that are placed on the planning and developing program is to
stick to a few key programs
In recent decades, the two key issues that presidents have focused on planning and developing new programs have been
the economy and foreign affairs
Almost every president since Hoover has tried to
reorganize the executive branch
Which of the following statements about the legislative veto is correct?
It was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1983
Every President since Harry Truman has commented that the power of the presidency
looks greater from the outside than from the inside
Which of the following statements about a president’s serving more than two terms is correct?
It has been done by only
____ US presidents have assassinated while in office.
Which of the following is true about presidential elections during times when the country is deeply divided?
A president seldom wins reelection
Which of the following statements about the vice presidential route to the presidency is correct?
It works better through succession than elections.
The constitutional duty of the vice president is
preside over the Senate
Who succeeds to the presidency if both the president and vice president die?
The Speaker of the House
Who succeeds to the presidency if both the president, the vice president, and the Speaker of the House die?
The senate president pro tempore
The position of “acting president” was created by
the 25 amendment
When President Reagan was under anesthesia while being operatedon in 1985, the relationship between him and Vice President Bush was governed by the
A president suffers a stroke but nevertheless wants to remain in office. The vice president and cabinet disagree. Who decides whether the president should continue to serve?
A president suffers a stroke but nevertheless wants to remain inoffice. The vice president and cabinet disagree. The president may be removed by
two thirds vote of congress
Upon the death or capacitation of a president and the succession of the vice president, a new president is chosen by
the new president with congressional approval
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