Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process


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The president is considering who will serve as a Supreme Court justice. Which clause gives them this right?

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1. What does 'PAS' stand for?

2. Mary is one of the president's secretaries. People often refer to her as one of the PA's. What does that stand for?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of the process of staffing the executive office. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the acronyms PS and PAS as well as the way in which a president would appoint an ambassador.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Concept of 'advice and consent'
  • Differences between 'PAS' and 'PS'
  • Article of the Constitution regarding presidential appointments

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 staffing the Executive Office
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a clause that allows a president to appoint a Supreme Court justice
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Senate's role in the process

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify areas in which a president fills federal positions
  • Differentiate between a 'PAS' and a 'PA'
  • Know the guidelines of the Appointments Clause
  • Define 'advice and consent'
  • Understand the appointment process, including failed nominations