US Gov

Please answer four questions from numbers 1-20 for the midterm exam.

You are expected to cite valid sources throughout your paper. Books are acceptable, including ours, but be sure to list page numbers.

These questions are open-ended. Have fun but remember to stay on topic.

The paper should be four to eight pages in length, in total double spaced. This pages each of the four questions should be 1-2 pages. If you need to write more, feel free.

If you have questions e-mail me. It is better to ask questions to be sure.

No Wikipedia or any invalid sources, including SparkNotes

Discuss three things a government must have to function correctly. Of the three legitimacy, sovereignty, and authority, which is most important to maintaining power?

Why is the social contract important in explaining how government works or should work?

Compare and Contrast at least three ideologies discussed in this chapter. What does ideology tell us about many political positions we see taken on many issues?

Discuss the main ideas of Federalism in the U.S government. Does the system serve our government well? Yes or no. Why?

Does the system of Checks and Balances serve our government well? List examples of yes and no.

Discuss the elite versus pluralism problem. How can the role of interest groups in politics help solve or contribute to this problem?

What are some ways the average voter can increase political efficacy? How does political competence play into this?

What is public opinion? How can we be sure it is measured accurately? Hint: How is an accurate poll conducted?

Discuss the importance of framing. Cite examples of this concept that show it’s essential.

Explain the differences between the federalists and Anti Federalist. Why did the anti federalists want a bill of rights? Explain how this country would have been different had they not been successful in their push to add a bill of rights.

Explain the concept of judicial review. Why is the case Marbury verses Madison still important today?  Cite some modern-day examples to answer this question, using outside research.

Talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of federalism. Does this system serve the United States well?  Why or why not?

Explain the differences between Conservatism, Liberalism and Libertarianism and Socialism? Feel free to use issue differences to answer this question.  Examples include health care, taxes, wars, etc.

Discuss the main elements of the immigration issue.  

Discuss the role of interest groups in American politics.

Does the concept of divided government work as the founders may have intended? Cite current examples to answer the question.  Secondly, briefly discuss the differences between a winner take all system and proportional representation.  Do you prefer one over the other?

Discuss the nature of political polling. Be sure to discuss terms such as random sample and margin of error.  What should the public look for in determining whether a poll is accurate?

Discuss media consolidation. What is it?  Outline the main concern some have when it comes to media coverage?  Are the critics right or wrong

Discuss the differences in judicial philosophies we see on the Supreme Court today? Your book highlights the adaptive verses originalist approach.

What does the FCC do?  Discuss it’s current position on media consolidation.

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