BYU Lesson 10: Foreign Policy & Intl. Relations
| Who is the chief diplomat in the United States?|
a. the secretary of state
b. the leader of the Congress
c. the president of the United States
d. no such individual - it is a shared responsibility
|Compared with the amount of discretion the president has to "make war," how much discretion does the president have over the nation's broader foreign policy?|
a. The president can make whatever decisions he deems necessary.
b. The president can usually make decisions independently, free from significant influence by others.
c. The president can, on rare occasions, act decisively and independently.
d. The president can never act decisively and independently.
|Which of the following is not a significant way the Congress participates in the foreign policy making process?|
a. ratifying treaties
b. overseeing and investigating
c. receiving leaders from other nations and negotiating treaties
d. setting the budgets for the military and foreign policy agencies
|Which of the following most accurately describes the role of the president in the foreign policy making process?|
a. The president sets the agenda by bringing proposals to the Congress.
b. The Congress proposes policies to the president that he accepts or rejects.
c. The president establishes treaties with other nations and does not need the support of the Congress.
d. While the president generally takes the lead, the Congress plays more of a leadership role during times of crisis.
|When it comes to engaging in hostilities with foreign powers, which of the following most accurately describes how powers are divided between the Congress and the president?|
a. The president has the power to declare war.
b. The Congress has the power to declare war.
c. The president has the power to make war, but the Congress has the power to declare war.
d. The president has the power to declare war, but the Congress has the power to make war (by authorizing funding).
|Compared to domestic policy authority, what is the extent of the president's foreign policy making authority?|
a. It is exactly the same as his domestic policy making authority.
b. It is broader and more far-reaching than his domestic policy making authority.
c. It is narrower and less far-reaching than his domestic policy making authority
| When nations disagree, how are differences most frequently resolved?|
a. through dialogue and compromise
b. through economic penalties and sanctions
c. through appeals to a third-party international organization
d. through military force
| Which of the following was not an officially declared war?|
a. War of 1812
b. Vietnam War
c. Spanish-American War
d. World War I
| Which branch of the national government has the authority to officially declare (not make) war?|
a. the executive branch
b. the legislative branch
c. the judicial branch
| What did President Bush declare that the United States would do in the war against terrorism?|
a. seek help from others first but fight terrorists on its own if need be
b. not seek help from other nations
c. not fight against terrorists unless other nations join with it
|Which of the following most accurately describes the influence of the United States political system in the world?|
a. The political foundations and structures of dozens of nations can be traced to ideals first articulated and implemented in the United States Constitution.
b. The United States influences the ways governments around the world interact with their people, but has not directly influenced the governmental structures of other nations.
c. Most nations in the world avoid forming close diplomatic relations with the United States because they do not share the same political and economic values.
|Which of the following most accurately describes the relationship between domestic and foreign policy making in the United States?|
a. Conflict and disagreement in domestic policy making can spill over into foreign policy decisions, making them more conflictual and divisive.
b. While there is frequent and significant disagreement on matters of domestic policy, these kinds of attitudes do not usually carry over to foreign policy matters.
c. While there is frequent and significant disagreement on matters of foreign policy, these kinds of attitudes do not usually carry over to domestic policy matters.
d. Because they deal with such different types of issues, domestic and foreign policy discussions have little or no interconnection.
| How much humanitarian aid does the United States give to less fortunate nations each year?|
d. hundreds of thousands
| The absence of high-quality universities in many Asian countries has little or no significant impact on United States policies.|
|What is the relative strength of the United States� military power in the world today?|
a. It is more powerful than that of any other single nation.
b. It is more powerful than all of the rest of the combined military power in the world.
c. The United States' military might is on the decline as the rest of the world catches up.
d. It is no longer the most powerful military force in the world.
|How important are national borders in the world economy of the early twenty-first century?|
a. They are less important than they once were.
b. They are more important than ever.
c. They have the same amount of importance they have always had - not very much.
d. They have the same amount of importance they have always had - a great deal.
| Are nations in the world today more or less dependent on each other?|
a. more dependent on other nations than they once were
b. less dependent on other nations than they once were
c. equally dependent on other nations, as they always have been
|When international organizations make decisions about the actions of individual nations, how much authority do these organizations have to back up their decision?|
a. They have the ability and capacity to independently enforce those decisions.
b. They must rely on the ability and capacity of member nations to enforce their decisions.
c. They can only issue requests or "directives" and hope that the nations in question respond.