The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities


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How is the Secretary of State chosen?

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1. The State Department, CIA, and Defense Department collectively work to advise the President. Together, they comprise:

2. Who served as the first Secretary of State?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The highest ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line to assume the presidency, the Secretary of State advises the president on foreign policies issues, oversees the State Department and the U.S. Foreign Service, and represents the country in negotiations with other nations over a wide range of matters. This quiz/worksheet combo traces the history of this post and will help you understand how those who serve as Secretary of State play a central role in U.S. government.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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

  • First Secretary of State
  • Presidential authority to create a Cabinet
  • Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of Alaska
  • Process of selecting a Secretary of State

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets you practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the position of the Secretary of State
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the responsibilities of the Secretary of State
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American government lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the history of the Secretary of State post
  • Identify former secretaries who made significant contributions to history
  • Recognize the managerial responsibilities of the Secretary of State
  • Understand the Secretary of State's position as an advisor to the president
  • Know some of the key issues in which the Secretary of State is involved