Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions


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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.

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1. A Democratic president is trying to pass a law that will increase restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions. He has the support of the general public and thinks that the law should pass Congress because he has talked to key figures in the Republican Party and gained their support. However, the law fails to pass Congress. Which of the following should the president have done?

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Presidents have to make difficult decisions every day, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how they do it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the different constituencies the president must consider.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessments focus on the following topics:

  • Group of voters the president represents
  • President's key advisors
  • Members of the president's political party

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related political science lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding presidential decision making
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the term used for ''the best interests of the nation''

Additional Learning

To learn more about politics, review the accompanying lesson Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how a president makes decisions
  • Know the different constituencies a president serves
  • Define key terms such as pork barrel spending