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Ch 69: MTTC History: The American Presidency

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Get up to speed on the American presidency with these quick video lessons and quizzes. Use our lessons to prepare for related questions on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: The American Presidency - Chapter Summary

The ins and outs of the American presidency are covered in-depth in these short and fun video lessons that serve as a useful tool for preparing for the MTTC History exam. Using these lessons, you'll be able to answer questions on the exam about:

  • The presidential nomination process
  • Differences between the primary and general elections
  • Process of the Electoral College
  • Campaign finance regulations and reforms
  • Characteristics of a contemporary presidential election and factors that influence voters
  • Presidential appointees and the appointing process
  • Presidential decision making and the influence of constituencies
  • Types of presidential powers and the importance of image

Large concepts, like the election process, are broken down into easily manageable chunks to simplify your preparation for the MTTC History exam. You can quickly retain critical info you'll need for the exam by utilizing the video tags that let you review main points of each video or by re-watching videos as often as you need.

Objectives of the MTTC History: The American Presidency Chapter

The MTTC History exam assesses your knowledge of history, political science and economics in order to teach these topics to students in Michigan. You'll confirm your comprehension of these topics by answering questions presented in a multiple-choice format. The American presidency is covered in the interdisciplinary perspectives subarea of the exam, which represents about 24% of the exam's questions. You can get ready for these questions, including content and format, by passing the self-assessment quizzes that accompany our video lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 69: MTTC History: The American Presidency
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Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

1. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

2. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

3. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

4. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

5. Factors that Influence Voters During Presidential Elections

Many factors influence voters during presidential elections. The voter's background, party identification and view of the government's past performance are some of the important influences. This lesson examines influences on voter behavior.

The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

6. The Evolution of the Contemporary Presidential Election

Presidential elections have changed a great deal over time. These days, elections are well-publicized and hard-fought. This lesson takes a look at contemporary presidential elections and campaigns.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

7. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.

Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

8. Presidential Decision Making: How National & Partisan Constituencies Shape Decisions

The United States President must make many important decisions on behalf of the nation. This lesson explores presidential decision making, including the role that the national constituency and partisan constituencies play.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

9. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.

The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

10. The Presidential Image: Contributing Factors & Importance

A president's public image, or perceived character, plays an important role in the presidential campaign. It also plays an important role in the president's popularity and lasting reputation. This lesson takes a look at the presidential image.

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