Presidency Test Review Sheet

We will have a FRQ on the presidency on March 2. The FRQ will cover the executive branch (chapter 12) and will include class discussion and any other readings and assignments since the last test. I will give you a sample FRQ on Friday in class.

The Presidency:
1. What was the intent of the framers when constructing the presidency?
2. Describe the executive office of the president and its organization:
3. What are the functions of the white house staff?
4. Does the White House Staff get either elected by the people or confirmed by congress?
5. Does the White House staff have too much power?
6. What is the maximum number of terms a president can serve?
7. List the five most important posts in the cabinet and the people who currently serve there.
8. Explain the role of the president in war making and discuss the shared power with Congress.
9. List the first 5 in the presidential line of succession:
10. Explain which of the many jobs of the president is the most important:
11. Make a Venn diagram of the powers of the legislative, and executive branches. What are the most important powers of each branch? Which branch has the most power?
12. Define the role of the following people, who they are, and what the constitution says about them:

• Vice President
• First Lady
• Cabinet
• Executive office of the Pres.
• OMB
• White house staff


Define the following:

1. Pocket veto
2. Presidential honeymoon
3. Office of management and budget
4. Executive office of the president
5. Office of management and budget
6. Chief of staff
7. Bling, bling
8. Rally point
9. Mandate
10. Impeachment
11. State of the Union address
12. Executive privilege
13. Executive agreement
14. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Free Response Practice
1. Discuss whether changes in the roles and responsibilities of the White House staff have
led to greater presidential accountability and effectiveness. Support your argument with
examples from two presidencies since 1961, making sure to define both presidential “accountability” and effectiveness.”

2. Presidents are generally thought to have advantages over Congress in conducting foreign policy because of he formal and informal powers of the presidency.
a. Identify two formal constitutional powers of the President in making foreign policy.
b. Identify two formal constitutional powers of Congress in making foreign policy.
c. Identify two informal powers of the President that contribute to the President’s advantage over Congress in conducting foreign policy.
d. Explain how each of the informal powers identified in c. contributes to the president’s advantage over Congress in conducting foreign policy.

3. Discuss the role of the executive and legislative branches in the budget making process. Analyze which branch has more power in making the budget.

4. Presidential approval ratings fluctuate over the course of each presidential administration.
a. Identify two factors that decrease presidential approval ratings, and explain why each factor has that effect.
b. Identify two factors that increase presidential approval ratings, and explain why each factor has that effect.

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