7.1 Study Guide

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The Presidency
Study Guide 7.1
The president plays a number of key roles, including chief executive, commander in
chief, agenda setter, representative of the nation, chief of state, foreign-policy leader, and
party leader. Some of these roles are outlined in the Constitution. Others have been
assumed and expanded over the years by the various presidents.
The formal qualifications for the presidency are few, but the benefits and responsibilities
are great. The president serves a four-year term and may serve no more than two
terms. The order of presidential succession is set by Congress.
Review Questions:
1. Define the following terms: diplomacy, foreign policy, presidential succession
2. Which of the president’s roles are outlined in the Constitution, and which positions has
the president assumed?
3. Why is the State of the Union address important?
4. What characteristics have elected presidents shared?