Inherent Powers: Definition & Examples


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Which clause of the US Constitution gives Congress its inherent powers?

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1. Regarding inherent powers, what is an injunction?

2. How are the changes to the federal government's processing of immigrant minors an example of the inherent power of the president?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Inherent powers exist in all branches of the government. Here however, we're dealing only with the legislative and executive branches. This quiz and worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of inherent powers as applied to governance by these two branches of our government.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of an injunction
  • Non enforcement of law
  • The definition of an executive order
  • An analogy used to demonstrate inherent powers
  • The clause of the U.S. Constitution that grants Congress its inherent powers

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related article on inherent powers
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the executive branch
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as presidential inherent powers and congressional inherent powers

Additional Learning

You should also read the related lesson called Inherent Powers: Definition & Examples. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Discuss inherent powers as exemplified by executive orders
  • Explain how enforcement and non-enforcement of laws can both be seen as exercising inherent powers
  • Describe the use of an injunction as an example of exercising inherent powers