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Homework Help: POL 201 American National Government

Posted by John on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8:42pm.

1) Presidents often seek to control the federal bureaucracy by doing all of the following except:
a) filling the top echelon of executive organizations with political appointees who share their values.
b) assigning members of the White House staff responsibility for monitoring executive agencies.
c) running major policy operations from the White House through White House “czars.”
* d) firing uncooperative civil servants and disregarding their demands.

2) In the American civil service system, workers are hired on the basis of:
* a) merit.
b) partisan politics.
c) loyalty.
d) test taking ability.

3) In an independent agency:
a) Congress has considerable control.
b) the President has absolute control.
* c) the President and Congress do not have much control.
d) the agency is answerable to the Supreme Court.

4) American bureaucracy founded on principles of scientific management is built on all of the following principles except:
* a) division of labor.
b) chain of command.
c) span of control.
d) bureaucratic democracy.

5) Contemporary American bureaucracy is characterized by all except:
a) positions are legally defined.
b) officials hold a type of tenure.
c) officials’ salaries are based on their status in the organization.
* d) first priority in hiring is given to family and friends.

6) Given the standard of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” a President who uses military force despite the refusal of Congress to authorize it:
a) could be sent to jail.
* b) could be subject to impeachment.
c) must be acting under the War Powers Act.
will be defeated when he comes up for reelection.

7) The active-negative President is someone who may have all of the following except:
a) an active policy agenda.
b) an energetic work ethic.
c) a sabotaging personality trait.
* d) a positive and even temperament.

8) One significant component of a President’s ability to persuade is:
* a) his popularity with the voters.
b) his ability to threaten Congress with armed force.
c) his constitutional authority to grant pardons.
d) his ability to appoint judges to the federal judiciary.

9) In a Presidential election, the candidate must:
a) win both the popular and electoral vote.
b) win the Supreme Court vote.
* c) win a minimum of 270 electoral votes.
d) win majorities in ¾ of the states.

10) The reason that the President is called the Commander-in-Chief in the Constitution is because the Framers wanted:
a) to provide the President with authority over the secretary of defense.
* b) to establish the principle of civilian control of the armed forces.
c) to establish a basis for presidential prerogative.
d) to give the President some power against impeachment

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