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Executive Test Practice Questions 1. Who casts the State's formal votes for President? 2. The basic statement of the party's policies and principles is known as its ____. 3. As ____, the President is the political leader of the nation. (Chief of …..) 4. An international agreement that requires 2/3rd senate approval & may be deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court 5. Which President pushed for and got into law the New Deal, Great Society, and National Healthcare? 6. The process of using the bureaucracy of government to get something done is often referred to as… 7. What part of the Constitution outlines the powers of the Presidency? (Article __, Sections __ & __) 8. What postpones the execution of a sentence, but in itself does not change the sentence? 9. If the President is disabled, the way the Vice President becomes President is determined by which amendment? 10. As of January 20, 2001, the President receives a yearly salary of… 11. A State's presidential electors (Electoral College) are chosen by whom? How they vote is chosen by whom? 12. A President can serve no more than ____ years in office. Which Constitutional amendment states this fact? 13. According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, what is the order for the line of presidential succession? (5 places) 14. The political parties’ national conventions are held to accomplish (know three answers)…; when? 15. The least number of presidential electors a State can have is? The # of electors for the top two states (Cal. & Texas) are… 16. The formal duties assigned to the Vice President by the Constitution are (only 2)… 17. The first session of the national convention is generally devoted to… 18. The first and most widely publicized caucus and primary today are held in the states of…; Why is this important? 19. What are the formal qualifications for the presidency? 20. What is the most controversial “flaw” in the Electoral College system? 21. The Framers of the Constitution called for the President to be elected by….; because….? 22. The major importance of the 12th, 20th, 22nd, and 25th amendments are… 23. The difference between a treaty and an executive agreement is that… 24. Upon receipt of a bill (potential law) from congress, what are the four choices that the President can do with it? 25. What is the typical sequence of events for the presidential appointment process? 26. The President's power to execute the law covers…; what are the powers of the president? 27. What is the process for the President to appoint an executive leader? 28. What is an independent agency? Be able to identify an example. (CIA, NASA, Federal Reserve Board) 29. Which of the following best summarizes the MAIN purpose of the Executive Office of the President? 30. What is the spoils system? Patronage? 31. What is the MAIN purpose of the National Security Council? 32. Government corporations are unlike private corporations in all the following aspects EXCEPT 33. Who is in charge of the White House Office? 34. What are the differences and similarities of the following agencies: staff, line, independent, executive, commission? 35. What are Primaries and Caucuses in the context of voting? 36. What are executive departments? What are the top four, and what are each of them in charge of? 37. What is an executive agreement? 38. Before the President nominee can take office he/she must swear an oath to what two things? 39. Who is in charge of the White House staff and acts like a filter to the president? 40. What does the President’s power to recognize a county mean? 41. How many years is the term for the president? 42. Clemency: to issue a reprieve, commutation, or pardon. What do these mean? 43. What are the Constitutional powers of the President? 44. What is different between the presidential elections and mid-term elections? 45. How does high presidential approval affect a congress person’s vote on a bill. 46. What is an electoral mandate? The coattail effect? 47. The president’s ultimate weapon to influence congress is… 48. Who does what? Press Secretary, Department Secretary, National Security Advisor, Secretary of State, OMB? 49. What is the Impeachment procedure? House, Senate, and Chief Justice responsibilities for impeachment 50. Where are the Offices of the OMB, Treasury, State, and Defense Departments located? 51. What are the details of the “war powers act”? 52. How does the Electoral College work? (who chooses them, when do they vote, how do they vote, who counts the ballots, if a tie or plurality?) 53. What agency has quasi-legislative, quasi-judicial and executive powers? 54. What function of Congress hold hearings of agency leaders in order to hold them accountable? 55. What makes the Presidential candidate pick a certain person for Vice President? 56. What is the “West Wing” in the Executive Branch? 57. Presidential campaigning takes money. What is the difference between soft and hard money? 58. What is the purpose of the State of the Union Message? When is it given? 59. Identify 3 tools the president can use to influence Congress in law making? 60. What kind of relationship does the President have with his political Party?
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