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American Government 2e

Review Questions

American Government 2eReview Questions


Why are foreign policy issues more complicated than domestic policy issues?

  1. They are more specific.
  2. They are more complex.
  3. The international environment is unpredictable.
  4. They are more expensive.

Which of the following is not a foreign policy type?

  1. trade policy
  2. intelligence policy
  3. war-making
  4. bureaucratic oversight

The goals of U.S. foreign policy include ________.

  1. keeping the country safe
  2. securing access to foreign markets
  3. protecting human rights
  4. all the above

What are two key differences between domestic policymaking and foreign policymaking?


A sole executive agreement is likely to be in effect longer than is a treaty.

  1. true
  2. false

All the following are examples of sharply focused foreign policy outputs except ________.

  1. presidential summits
  2. military uses of force
  3. emergency spending measures
  4. international agreements

The War Powers Resolution ________.

  1. strengthened congressional war powers
  2. strengthened presidential war powers
  3. affected the presidency and congress equally
  4. ultimately had little impact on war-making

The federal budget process matters in foreign policy for all the following reasons except ________.

  1. Congress has the power of the purse, so the president needs its approval
  2. the budget provides the funding needed to run the foreign policy agencies
  3. the budget for every presidential action has to be approved in advance
  4. the budget allows political institutions to increase funding in key new areas

Which types of foreign policy outputs have more impact, broadly conceived ones or sharply focused ones? Why?


In terms of formal powers in the realm of foreign policy, ________.

  1. the president is entirely in charge
  2. the president and Congress share power
  3. Congress is entirely in charge
  4. decisions are delegated to experts in the bureaucracy

Why do House members and senators tend to be less active on foreign policy matters than domestic ones?

  1. Foreign policy matters are more technical and difficult.
  2. Legislators do not want to offend certain immigrant groups within their constituency.
  3. Constituents are more directly affected by domestic policy topics than foreign ones.
  4. Legislators themselves are not interested in foreign policy matters.

Neoconservativism is an isolationist foreign policy approach of a nation keeping to itself and engaging less internationally.

  1. true
  2. false

President George W. Bush was a proponent of liberal internationalism in his foreign policy.

  1. true
  2. false

The U.S. policy of containment during the Cold War related to keeping ________.

  1. terrorism from spreading
  2. rogue countries like North Korea from developing nuclear weapons
  3. communism from spreading
  4. oil prices from rising

The use of drones within other countries’ borders is consistent with which school of thought?

  1. liberal internationalism
  2. neoconservativism
  3. neo-isolationism
  4. grand strategy

What are the pros and cons of the neoconservative foreign policy approach followed in recent decades?

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