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The executive branch.

Article II of the U.S. Constitution deals with the executive branch. It spells out the requirements for who can be President, as well as the responsibilities of the office.

Below are brief summaries of key parts of Article II's four sections. Read them, then answer the following questions.

SECTION I: The executive branch shall be headed by a President. A President and Vice President will serve a four-year term. The President shall be at least 35 years old, a natural-born U.S. citizen, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years.

SECTION 2: The President is Commander in Chief of the U.S. military and all state militias (such as the National Guard) when needed in an emergency. The President has the power to make treaties, which must by approved by the Senate. The President appoints ambassadors, "consuls" (such as Cabinet members), and Supreme Court Justices.

SECTION 3: The President shall give Congress a State of the Union address "from time to time," and receive other countries' ambassadors and heads of state. The President shall ensure that laws are observed.

SECTION 4: The President, Vice President, and executive branch officials shall be removed from office if impeached (charged with) and convicted (found guilty) of "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."


Decide whether each statement is true, false, or an opinion. Write your choice on the line provided.

1. Ambassadors should be chosen by Supreme Court Justices.

2. The President is head of the executive branch.

3. The President is responsible for seeing that laws are carried out.

4. The President is in charge of the U.S. armed forces, but cannot mobilize National Guard units.

5. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, who was born in Austria in 1947, can be elected President.

6. The President should serve a six-year term.

7. Treaties must be approved by theSenate in order to become law.

8. A woman should be elected President or Vice President.

9. The President is required to give Congress a State of the Union address every six months.

10. A President who is impeached and found not guilty is removed from office.


Skills Master 3: The Executive Branch

1. opinion

2. true

3. true

4. false (The President can mobilize National Guard units in an emergency.)

5. false (He is old enough, but not a natural-born citizen,)

6. opinion

7. true

8. opinion

9. false (The President must give such a speech, but the Constitution doesn't specify how often.)

10. false (To be removed, a President must be impeached and convicted-found guilty.)
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Title Annotation:article II of the United States Constitution
Publication:Junior Scholastic
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 9, 2006
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