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  1. Chapter 8 The Executive

  2. Question • Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry became governor at the end of 2000, after • Governor George W. Bush won the presidential election. • Governor George W. Bush resigned under threat of impeachment. • winning the November general election for a four-year term as governor. • winning a special election in November.

  3. Answer • Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry became governor at the end of 2000, after • Governor George W. Bush won the presidential election.* (Correct. See pages 306-307.) • Governor George W. Bush resigned under threat of impeachment. • winning the November general election for a four-year term as governor. • winning a special election in November.

  4. Question • In 1917 the Texas Senate convicted Governor James E. Ferguson on 10 articles of impeachment, most of which involved violation of state banking laws and use of state funds • to supplement salaries of University of Texas professors. • to make unauthorized purchases of furniture for the Governor’s Mansion. • for private gain. • to provide unauthorized scholarships for University of Texas students.

  5. Answer • In 1917 the Texas Senate convicted Governor James E. Ferguson on 10 articles of impeachment, most of which involved violation of state banking laws and use of state funds • to supplement salaries of University of Texas professors. • to make unauthorized purchases of furniture for the Governor’s Mansion. • for private gain.* (Correct. See page 309.) • to provide unauthorized scholarships for University of Texas students.


  6. Question • To attract talented people to top jobs on the governor’s staff, they have been given supplemental pay from • campaign funds. • the state treasury. • the governor’s personal bank account. • the treasury of the state Republican Party.

  7. Answer • To attract talented people to top jobs on the governor’s staff, they have been given supplemental pay from • campaign funds.* (Correct. See page 311.) • the state treasury. • the governor’s personal bank account. • the treasury of the state Republican Party.

  8. Question • Executive powers of the governor include the power to • veto bills. • grant pardons. • deliver speeches at political rallies and social events. • appoint members of boards and commissions.

  9. Answer • Executive powers of the governor include the power to • veto bills. • grant pardons. • deliver speeches at political rallies and social events. • appoint members of boards and commissions.* (Correct. See page 313.)

  10. Question • The governor’s independent removal power extends to • the insurance commissioner. • the commissioner of agriculture. • the speaker of the House of Representatives. • members of the Railroad Commission.

  11. Answer • The governor’s independent removal power extends to • the insurance commissioner.* (Correct. See page 314.) • the commissioner of agriculture. • the speaker of the House of Representatives. • members of the Railroad Commission.

  12. Question • If deemed necessary because of civil disorder, the governor may impose temporary rule by the state’s military forces and suspend civil authority after declaring • vigilante law. • martial law. • a condition of emergency. • an area or statewide disaster.

  13. Answer • If deemed necessary because of civil disorder, the governor may impose temporary rule by the state’s military forces and suspend civil authority after declaring • vigilante law. • martial law.* (Correct. See page 315.) • a condition of emergency. • an area or statewide disaster.

  14. Question • At the urging of Governor Rick Perry, the 79th Legislature established the Texas Emerging Technology Fund designed to stimulate development of new technology by • the state’s largest corporations. • small to midsize companies. • independent scientists with innovative ideas. • governments of Third World countries.

  15. Answer • At the urging of Governor Rick Perry, the 79th Legislature established the Texas Emerging Technology Fund designed to stimulate development of new technology by • the state’s largest corporations. • small to midsize companies.* (Correct. See page 318.) • independent scientists with innovative ideas. • governments of Third World countries.

  16. Question • The Office of the Attorney General enforces child-support orders issued by • state courts. • county welfare departments. • the Department of Family and Protective Services. • the Texas Education Agency.

  17. Answer • The Office of the Attorney General enforces child-support orders issued by • state courts.* (Correct. See page 327.) • county welfare departments. • the Department of Family and Protective Services. • the Texas Education Agency.

  18. Question • Under Texas law, the commissioner of agriculture should be • have a master’s or doctoral degree in agriculture. • reside in a rural area. • be fluent in Spanish. • be a practicing farmer.

  19. Answer • Under Texas law, the commissioner of agriculture should be • have a master’s or doctoral degree in agriculture. • reside in a rural area. • be fluent in Spanish. • be a practicing farmer.* (Correct. See page 330.)

  20. Question • It is a duty of the secretary of state to • administer state election laws in conjunction with county officials. • negotiate treaties with governments of sovereign states. • grant permission to governments of sovereign states to establish consulates in Texas cities. • insure that all state agencies comply with international law.

  21. Answer • It is a duty of the secretary of state to • administer state election laws in conjunction with county officials.* (Correct. See page 331.) • negotiate treaties with governments of sovereign states. • grant permission to governments of sovereign states to establish consulates in Texas cities. • insure that all state agencies comply with international law.

  22. Question • See the readings. After a review of Governor Rick Perry’s appointments, Leah Caldwell reports that it helps to get an appointment to a board or commission if one is an expert in the area covered, but she states that it also helps if the office-seeker • is a graduate of Texas A&M. • has been a college or university yell leader. • makes a contribution to the governor’s campaign. • is devoted to physical fitness.

  23. Answer • See the readings. After a review of Governor Rick Perry’s appointments, Leah Caldwell reports that it helps to get an appointment to a board or commission if one is an expert in the area covered, but she states that it also helps if the office-seeker • is a graduate of Texas A&M. • has been a college or university yell leader. • makes a contribution to the governor’s campaign.* (Correct. See page 337.) • is devoted to physical fitness.

  24. Question • See the readings. Critics of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) say that • enhanced accountability and public disclosure are needed. • the state gets more than it gives. • there is evidence that corruption has been involved in TEF allocations. • TEF should pursue a “low road” economic development approach.

  25. Answer • See the readings. Critics of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) say that • enhanced accountability and public disclosure are needed.* (Correct. See page 340.) • the state gets more than it gives. • there is evidence that corruption has been involved in TEF allocations. • TEF should pursue a “low road” economic development approach.