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The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How many Electoral College votes are needed to win a presidential election?

Question 2 2. The president is up for reelection and is disappointed in a recent survey indicating that just 50% of the public perceived him as honest and trustworthy --- down from a 70% rating three years ago. He knows he is seen unfavorably by the media. The president needs to work on his _____.

Question 3 3. Which of the following statements is correct regarding a primary?

Question 4 4. Almost all states award their Electoral College votes according to this method:

Question 5 5. What is the name of the election where the general voting public chooses between political parties' presidential nominees?

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Question 6 6. In which of the following is voter turnout generally higher?

Question 7 7. The President of the U.S. is trying to decide whether or not he should impose economic sanctions on Russia. He fears that this may increase tensions, but believes that it is the right thing to do. Which of the following should he base his decision on?

Question 8 8. What was the first American political party?

Question 9 9. How many total Electoral College votes are there?

Question 10 10. Which of the following best describes who will be on the ballot in the main presidential election?

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Question 11 11. What are the members of the Electoral College called?

Question 12 12. When a presidential decision is made in the best interests of the nation, that decision should best benefit which of the following?

Question 13 13. Smith, Jones and Doe are running for U.S. president. Smith wins 51% of the national popular vote, and 32% of the electoral vote. Jones wins 43% of the national popular vote, and 58% of the electoral vote. Doe wins 6% of the national popular vote, and just 10% of the electoral vote. Who likely wins the election?

Question 14 14. Which of the following is an example of a political scandal?

Question 15 15. A presidential candidate will focus his efforts on states such as Florida, Michigan and Ohio. Why do you think he is interested in these states?

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Question 16 16. What term best describes the members of the president's political party?

Question 17 17. How would you define closed voting in primary elections?

Question 18 18. This act requires political candidates to disclose their donors and restricts campaign donations:

Question 19 19. John Stanford is a Democratic candidate in the 2020 Presidential election. Thomas, a Republican, wants to vote for him because of John's recent speech in which he indicated that, if elected, he would make sure that the number of incidents involving the use of automatic weapons would decrease. Which of the following best describes why Thomas chose to vote for John?

Question 20 20. The president decides that Freddie would make a great U.S. ambassador to France. What should the president do in order to make Freddie the ambassador to France?

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Question 21 21. You are an advisor to the President of the U.S. The president is uncertain whether he should intervene in a civil war that is causing the deaths of thousands of people. You ultimately advise him that his most basic task is representing the _____ and to act accordingly.

Question 22 22. Several presidential powers, like the power to respond to a federal crisis, are not directly stated in the Constitution. This type of power is known as which of the following?

Question 23 23. What has the largest influence on a voter's decision?

Question 24 24. This was an attempt to reform campaign finance by prohibiting soft money and large contributions to national party organizations:

Question 25 25. Your friend, James, considers himself a Republican. In the last presidential election, he voted for the candidate of the Democratic Party. Why is this an odd occurrence?

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Question 26 26. The president wants to pass one of his appointments in the Senate. The media is constantly talking about the fact that he might not get the required number of votes. What is this process called and what majority is needed?

Question 27 27. The effectiveness of a president's image is typically gauged through the use of which of the following?

Question 28 28. A Democratic President has finished their two terms in office. The Democratic nominee is considering whether to invite the current president on the campaign trail. How should the nominee BEST make this decision?

Question 29 29. Tim Watson is one of the members of a group of Democrats that will pick the next presidential nominee. This group will decide for whom the delegates will vote for at the national party convention. What is this group called?

Question 30 30. Mary is one of the president's secretaries. People often refer to her as a PS. What does that stand for?

The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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