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American politics

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1 The branch of government headed by the President is called
the legislative branch
the executive branch
the judicial branch
the expert branch
the exciting branch

2 Congress is called
the legal branch of government
the judicial branch of government
the legislative branch of government
the executive branch of government
the legalistic branch of government

3 Which pair of words best describes the relationship of power between the branches of government as it is described in the Constitution?
checks and bills
checks and restrictions
checks and control
checks and alliances
checks and balances

4 The President is elected for a term of
four years
two years
six years
eight years
any number of years until he decides to call a new election

5 The President has all of the following tasks or powers, except
head of state
leader (Speaker) of the House of Representatives
commander-in-chief of the armed forces
leader of the executive branch of government
leader of the Cabinet

6 Congress consists of two chambers, namely
the Senate and the House of Commons
the House of Representatives and Congress
the House of Representatives and the House of Commons
the House of Representatives and the Senate
the Senate and the Supreme Court

7 The smallest chamber in Congress has
50 members, one from each state
104 members, two from each state
435 members, the number of members from each state depending on the size of the population
100 members, two from each state
about 25 members, all appointed by the President

8 Members of the smallest chamber of Congress are elected
for six years, with one third of the seats up for election every two years
for four years, with one third of the seats up for election every two years
for two years, with all seats up for election at the same time
for six years, with all seats up for election at the same time
for six years, with half the seats up for election every three years

9 Which answer best describes the power of the branches of government in the process of making new laws in the US?
The President has the power to pass new laws
Congress has to pass new laws, but the President can veto them
Congress has to pass new laws, but the President can veto them. Congress can override the President's veto by a two-thirds majority
The Supreme Court has to approve every new law that Congress passes
The Supreme Court and the President cooperate in making new laws. Congress does not play any role.

10 The Supreme Court can play a political role by
forcing Congress to change laws that Supreme Court justices don't like
declaring laws unfair
forcing the President to resign
declaring laws unconstitutional
declaring laws unnecessary

11 The two major parties in the US are called
the Democratic Party and the Conservative Party
the Democratic Party and the Republican Party
the Democratic Party and the Labour Party
the Republican Party and the Liberal Party
the Republican Party and the Labour Party

12 President Clinton represents
the Labour Party
the Liberal Party
the Democratic Party
the Republican Party
the Conservative Party

13 To say that the US has a federal system of government means that
it is democratic
it divides power between a central government and government at state level
it divides power between the three branches of government
it divides power between all the fifty states in a fair way
it is not democratic

14 The leader of the executive branch in each of the states is called a
governor
senator
congressman
statesman
judge

15 Which answer best describes the relationship between the central government and state government?
Any authority not specifically given to the states is reserved for the central government
Any authority not specifically given to the central government is delegated to the states.
Any power not given specifically to the central government should be shared as fairly as possible between the central government and the states
Any power not given specifically to the states belongs to the President
Any power not specifically given to the central government is delegated to the Supreme Court

16 The process of charging a federal public official, such as the President, with an offence committed in office, is called
imprisonment
immunity
impeachment
immorality
impatience

17 The party that currently holds the majority in both chambers of Congress is
the Republican Party
the Democratic Party
the Labour Party
the Liberal Party
the Conservative Party

18 The Vice President of the USA is called
Al Bore
Al Snore
Al Lore
Al Sore
Al Gore

19 The former president of the USA who two eldest sons are now governors of Florida and Texas is
George Bush
Ronald Reagan
Jimmy Carter
Gerald Ford
Richard Nixon

20 The next presidential election in the US will take place in the year
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

21 The maximum length of time a president can serve after being elected president is
two terms, each of two years
two terms, each of four years
four terms, each of two years
four terms, each of four years
any number of terms as long as he retires before the age of 80

22 Congress is often referred to, after the place where its building is located, as
Cabinet Hill
Capital Hill
Capitol Hill
Congress Hill
Cypress Hill

23 Which of these presidents issued the Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery?
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D Roosevelt
Harry S Truman

24 Which of these presidents started the New Deal program to get the US out of the Great Depression and later led the US through World War II
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
Dwight D Eisenhower
Lyndon B Johnson

25 Which of these presidents resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal?
Harry S Truman
Dwight D Eisenhower
John F Kennedy
Lyndon B Johnson
Richard Nixon

26 Which of these presidents sent the highest number of American soldiers to Vietnam?
Franklin D Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
Dwight D Eisenhower
John F Kennedy
Lyndon B Johnson

27 Which of these presidents made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II?
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D Roosevelt
Harry S Truman
Dwight D Eisenhower
John F Kennedy

28 The first articles of the American Constitution were written in
1492
1776
1787
1865
1901

29 The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments (additional articles) to the Constitution, are articles that deal with
trade with foreign countries
the power of the president
the freedom of individuals
ways in which the government can support private businesses
the power of Congress

30 In case of disagreement, the one/those responsible for deciding what is the correct understanding of the Constitution is
the President
the Supreme Court
Congress
the people (in elections)
the governors of the 50 states