Quiz: If You Score More Than 29/35 on This US Government Quiz, You Can Fake It as President
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If You Score More Than 29/35 on This US Government Quiz, You Can Fake It as President
by Zoe Samuel
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The US government is a behemoth, even at its smallest. This is no surprise to anyone who has read the Constitution: simply enacting all of its requirements entails a fairly substantial civil service and body of elected representatives. The interactions of the federal and state governments are controlled by the personalities involved, but also by a vast body of law, some of it harking back to the Constitution and other elements of it established since then - in the form of precedent, case law, amendments, state law, executive orders, and much more. Vast bureaucracies handle issues such as interstate travel, defending American borders, preventing and solving federal crimes, ensuring aviation safety and other functions. Meanwhile all the way to the local level, all sorts of positions are held by elected officers, from county clerks to school boards to mayors.

Knowing how all of this works is the job of the American president. However, as events have shown, you don't have to actually know all of it; if you don't mind blustering your way through four years in office, you can just pretend you know what you're doing and a surprisingly large number of people will  buy it. Could you pull that off? Let's find out!

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How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!