STUDY GUIDE FOR AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

EXAM #2

 

The Exam must be completed by:  Tuesday March 3 by 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 #2:

 

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.
 

Key Terms 
Civil Rights

Accomplishments

(if this is picked for the essay question)

  • Amendments
    • 13th-no slavery
    • 14th-citizenship/equal treatment
    • 15th-black male vote
  • Segregation & Responses
    • Legal Basis
      • Plessy vs. Ferguson
      • Jim Crow
    • Fighting Back
    • & Successes
      • Brown Decision
        • Earl Warren
        • Thurgood Marshall
      • Bus Boycott
      • Sit-ins
      • 1964 Civil Rights Act
      • 24th Amendment
      • Voting Rights Act
  • Women
    • Vote 
      • 19th Amendment
    • Jobs
      • 1964 Civil Rights Act

What were some important Accomplishments...?

  • Brown Decision
  • 1964 Civil Rights Act
  • 24th Amendment
  • Voting Rights Act
  • 19th Amendment

Civil War Amendments

  • 13th-no slavery
  • 14th-citizenship & equal treatment
  • 15th-black male vote

 
 

TOPICS COVERED

Civil Liberties

Public Opinion & Media

  • Bill of Rights
  • Five Freedoms
    • 1st Amendment
    • Establishment Clause
    • "Lemon" Test
    • Free Exercise Clause
    • Libel
    • Slander
  • Right to Bear Arms
    • 2nd Amendment
  • Due Process
    • Amendments 4, 5, 6, 8
  • Search & Seizure
  • Other
    • 9th Amendment

Privacy

Roe vs. Wade

 

  • US & WSCC Opinions
    • Abortion, etc.
  • Impact/Role in Elections (Eight Ways)
    • Horse Race Effect
      • "Foxification"
    • Bandwagon Effect
    • Underdog Effect
    • Throw Away Effect
    • Partisan Polls
      • Swing Voter
    • Exit Polls
  • Accuracy

 

 

 

 


 

ESSAY

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

 

  1. Describe & evaluate the major issues surrounding the protection of Civil Rights & the Civil Rights Movement.  (Hint-the essay should answer these questions:  What was segregation and its legal basis?  In what ways did leaders fight back and achieve accomplishments to secure more equal treatment based on race & sex?  Overall, which single accomplishment do you believe was most important in protecting the rights of all Americans?  Explain.)
  2. Choose any three amendments included in the Bill of Rights.  Rewrite them in "modern" language & explain the rights protected in each.  How has each been interpreted by the Court system?  Overall, of the three you've chosen, which do you believe to be the single most important amendment?  Explain.
  3. Public opinion often impacts elected officials in the United States.  In what ways does it impact elections?  (Hint:  describe the eight terms which help to explain the role/impact of public opinion on elections) Overall, if there is a conflict between an elected official’s view and the public opinion of the people he/she represents, what should the elected official do?  Should they stand true to their own convictions, or should they vote based on the way their constituents want them to vote?  Explain.

     

 

 

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