The Exam must be completed by:  Tuesday March 24 11:00 PM


This study guide is now FINALIZED

Good luck on the exam!


A note about the exam:  You must enter the Moodle site to obtain access to the multiple choice section of the exam.  There is no time limit, but once you begin this section of the exam it must be finished.  Students will not be allowed to start, then stop, the restart the multiple choice questions.  It also must be COMPLETED by 11:00 PM on the date in which it is due or it will not be available.  The second section of the exam is essay.  You may chose any two questions below and answer them.  The answers must be sent to me as an e-mail attachment.  I MUST receive the e-mail by 11:00 PM on the date it which it is due.  As soon as I receive your e-mail with the essays, I will reply and let you know I've received it.  If you haven't received an e-mail reply, that probably means I didn't receive the message.  Please don't wait until the last minute to take the exam; try to leave yourself time in case of some sort of a problem. 

Instructions for taking Exam #3:


A handful of students have experienced some technical problems sending their essays.  I would like to suggest that you send a carbon copy (cc:) of your essays to yourself when you send them to me.  That way you will have a receipt with a time/date you sent your essays and let you know if the transmission worked.  I would hold onto that "receipt" until you reply back from me letting you know I received your essay with no problems.


Political Parties

Interest Groups & Lobbying

  • Two-Party System
    • Federalist Party
      • Alexander Hamilton
    • Democratic-Republican Party
      • Jefferson & Madison
  • Today's Parties (In General)
    • Democrats vs Republicans
      • Role of Government
      • Abortion
      • Gay Rights
      • US Military
      • Gun Control
      • Solution to the Problem of Crime
      • Civil Rights & Women's Rights
  • Interest Groups
  • Types
    • Public
      • NRA
    • Private
      • AARP
  • Tactics
    • Direct Lobbying
    • Indirect Lobbying
      • Telephone Tree
      • Mailings
      • Civil Disobedience
      • Websites
    • $$$
      • PACs
        • EMILY'S LIST
        • ACT
      • McCain/Feingold
      • Loopholes 
        • 527 Accounts
        • Negative Spending



  • Qualifications/Powers 
    • Job Requirements 
    • Term Length 
    • Number per State 
    • Total Number 
    • Constitutional Powers
  • Organization 
    • Leaders
      • House
        • Speaker of the House 
        • House Majority Leader
        • House Minority Leader
        • Whips 
      • Senate
        • President of the Senate
        • President Pro-tempore 
        • Senate Majority Leader
        • Senate Minority Leader
        • Whips
        • "Rookie Senators"



Terms that only appear in the textbook (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)



Possible essay questions for the  exam:  You may chose any two of the three questions below to answer.  It's your choice.


  1. In general, conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats disagree on many political issues.  Choose four of the issues discussed in lecture and briefly describe them.  Where do conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats stand on those issues?  Of the two, which set of views do you agree with the most?  Explain.
  2. Write an essay that describes some of the actions and impacts of Interest Groups.  What are the different types of interest groups?  What tactics do they use to influence legislation and governmental policies?  Overall, do you think they have a positive or negative impact on the American political system?  Explain.  (Hint:  Do they make the government more responsive to the people?  Are their interests too narrow, etc...?)
  3. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.  The essay should focus on the following topics:  qualifications, organization of leadership, and Constitutional powers.  Overall, which do you believe to be the more powerful of the two?  Explain.





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