Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress


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Which of the following requires Senate approval?

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1. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has commenced an investigation into certain activities of the Central Intelligence Agency. What authority grants the Senate this power?

2. The president is attending a G-8 summit. During this meeting, he enters into a trade agreement with the Russian government without seeking the advice or consent of the Senate. Is this action legal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of the roles of the president and Congress in dealing with foreign policy. You will be quizzed on how the executive and legislative branch affect America's interactions with other nations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Powers of the president
  • Items that require and do not require Senate approval
  • The authority of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • How Congress can stop the president

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the differing roles of Congress and the president
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the powers available to the legislative and executive branches
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Congressional oversight powers
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Congress's powers and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the different powers of the legislative and executive branch, review the corresponding lesson on Roles of President & Congress in Foreign Policy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the respective roles of Congress and the president
  • Define the key terms associated with the foreign policy procedure
  • Understand the process of how treaties and executive agreements are set in place