Presidential Essay Study Guide

You will write an in-class essay on the executive branch.
Questions will cover class discussions, terms or ideas we have gotten out of our class textbook set, any information and material on the wiki, such as (Executive Orders, Presidential Collage, The West Wing), and any other readings since the last test such asThe Worst President In History.
Although the test will focus on the president, make sure you understand how presidents relate to Congress.

Here are some questions you should be able to answer...

The Presidency
1. Who was the greatest president ever?
2. Describe the people who help the president make decisions and execute the laws of the United States.
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. Who are the most powerful members of the president's cabinet?
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. 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 President
• White house staff

Define the following
1. Veto
2. Presidential honeymoon
3. Office of management and budget
4. Executive office of the president
5. White House Staff
6. Chief of staff/Gatekeeper
7. Impeachment
8. State of the Union address
9. Executive order

Essay Practice
1. Explain whether the organization of the Executive office and the presidency help the presidents become effective leaders.?

2. Discuss the impact of public opinion on policy-making in the White House. How is this impact affected by presidential leadership and the mass media?

3. Analyze the role of the president in the legislative process. (What is the relationship between the president and Congress?)

4. Analyze which of the president's powers is the most important.

5. 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?

6. Identify the most frequently cited three best presidents ever. What are some characteristics and historical similarities that the greatest presidents ever shared?

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