American Government Essay

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Chapter 14 Questions
1. How do political appointees get their position?
2. What are iron triangles?
3. How can the president and Congress control the bureaucracy?
4. What do bureaucrats do?
5. Why was the merit system established?
6. In terms of government, what is devolution?

The Constitutional Roles of the President
Chief Diplomat: The president is responsible for setting the direction of United States foreign policy. The president can make treaties with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The Senate must confirm ambassadors nominated by the president. (See Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.) Chief of State: The president is the ceremonial head of state. Chief Legislator: The president can
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2. National Party Convention – The parties hold their convention in the summer.
· Party platform drafted.
· Party rules adopted.
· Party nominates a candidate for president and vice president. 3. General Campaign – Party nominees seek votes in the general election. 4. General Election – The general election day is determined by Congress. (See Article II of the Constitution.)
· Voters elect a slate of party Electors.
· State law determines how Electors are elected. 5. President Elected – Congress determines the day Electors cast their ballot. (See Article II of the Constitution.) 6. Electoral Votes Counted – The electoral votes are counted before a joint session of Congress. The votes are counted in early January.

Chapter 10 Questions

1. In the presidential election process, what is the difference between primary and caucus? 2. What are Political Action Committees? What role do they play in elections? 3. What are 527 Committees? What role do they play in elections? 4. Why did the Framers create the Electoral College?

Chapter 12 Questions
1. What are the constitutional qualifications that must be met before one can serve in the House of Representatives and the Senate?
2. What are the unique powers of the House of Representatives?
3. What are the unique powers of the Senate?
4. What role(s) do congressional committees play in Congress? What role(s) do

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