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The Presidency

Review Questions

Understanding and Evaluating Presidents

The Presidency Quiz

1. Describe the general trend of the development of presidential power.

The general trend is that the president has gained more power over time. In the early republic, most presidents thought their main job was to carry out Congress’s wishes. Starting in the early twentieth century, presidents saw themselves as leading actors in American politics. During the Great Depression and World War II, FDR dramatically expanded the power of the presidency. Presidents in recent years have continued to be very powerful.

2. Why is the veto such a strong tool?

The veto is a powerful tool because few vetoes are overridden. The president can stop Congress from enacting a law.

3. What does the term imperial presidency mean?

The “imperial presidency” is the view that the president has become too strong and is a threat to democracy.

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