Government Exam 9

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Government Exam
Chapter 9
“Presidential Leadership”
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Answer 8 of the following 10 questions, using your own words. You may use the book, your
notes, or other items aside from other groups / students as sources of information. Be sure to
use examples where applicable, and BE THOROUGH.
1. Explain how the president’s roles as chief legislator and economic planner are related.
2. Why are presidents who do not allow dissent among their advisers more likely to be isolated
than presidents who encourage free expression of ideas?
3. Why might Congress and the President be more willing to allow a president to expand executive
powers during a time of national emergency? Cite two instances when this has occurred.
4. Why is it better that the president rather than Congress controls the nation’s military and
foreign policy?
5. What basic powers of the presidency directly affect the other two branches of government – the
legislature and the judiciary (Supreme Court)?
6. Explain how a president could “lose touch” with the general public. Why is it important to a
president’s leadership skills that this does not happen?
7. Do you think the president’s power to make war should be restricted? Why or why not?
8. Why did Washington and his advisers believe it was important to send the message that the
government would use force if necessary to maintain order?
9. What does it mean for the president to reprieve, pardon and grant amnesty? Why are these
three tools controversial?
10. Describe the “four tools of influence” a president has as Chief Executive? Which of these is
most effective? Why?
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