Do you want to be president of the
United States of America? Maybe you can apply for the job. Answer these three
questions. Are you a U.S. citizen? Are you thirty-five years old or older? Have
you been a resident of the United States for fourteen years or longer? Did you
say "yes" to all three questions? Then you can take the first steps
to the White House.
You become president for a term. A term
is four years. You can only serve two terms. This means that you can only be
president twice. This became law in 1951. Before that, the law was different.
In fact, Franklin D. Roosevelt became president in 1933. He was still president
when he died in 1945. He was president for twelve years. No one was president
longer than he was.
As president of the United States, you
earn $200,000 a year. You also get an extra $50,000 for expenses, tax free. You
have your own limousine, jet, and housekeepers, all free. You also live rent
free, in the White House in Washington, D.C. And you are head of the richest
country in the world.
Presidents of the United States are
very different people. Twenty-two were lawyers, four soldiers, four farmers,
four teachers, two writers, two businessmen, one engineer, one tailor, and one
actor. Eight of them did not have a college education!
1. At what age can you apply for the job of the President of the USA?
a. 32 years old
b. 33 years old
c. 35 years old
2. What is the longest term for American president now?
a. 6 years
b. 7 years
c. 8 years
3. How many terms did Franklin D. Roosevelt have?
4. How much do the limousine, a jet, and housekeepers cost for the President?
a. Yes, they cost all money he earns.
b. It depends on his taste.
c. They are free.
5. How can your profession influence the elections?
a. It’s better to be a businessman.
b. It’s better to be a doctor, a teacher or a writer.
c. In no way.
6. Does the President need to have a higher education?
a. Yes, it’s very important.
b. Earlier it was not so important, but now the President must have the higher education.
c. No, it’s not so important.
7. What is the antonym for the word ‘resident’ (paragraph 1)?