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Presidential Pardon: Definition & Process

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Which branch of government, under the U.S. Constitution, is granted the power to issue pardons?

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1. Which of the following statements is NOT true about the president's power to pardon?

2. Which president issued the first pardons of any notoriety, when he forgave Americans who had participated in an armed uprising against the federal government in the Whiskey Rebellion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Presidents have the power to pardon almost any federal crime, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the concept. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the process and restrictions of the president's power to pardon, as well as historical examples of pardons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Government branch with pardon power
  • Aspects of the president's power to pardon
  • First president to issue notable pardons
  • Pardoning of President Richard Nixon

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related government lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the executive branch office that oversees pardon applications
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about past presidential pardons

Additional Learning

To learn more about government, review the accompanying lesson called Presidential Pardon: Definition & Process. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the process of a presidential pardon
  • Define key terms such as commute and expunge
  • Learn the limitations of a presidential pardon
  • Know famous pardons handed down by Presidents Harding and Nixon
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