Exam 1 Study Guide
Exam 1 Study Guide P SC 1113
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Rebecca Hurlburt on Sunday September 20, 2015. The Study Guide belongs to P SC 1113 at University of Oklahoma taught by Dr. Tyler Johnson in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 383 views. For similar materials see American Federal Government in Political Science at University of Oklahoma.
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Review Questions Study Guide for Exam 1 for American Federal Government P SC 1113 1 Are we on the right track or the wrong track as a nation and why do people feel the way they do Americans are very divided as to how well the nation is faring Social events such as violence in Ferguson over police brutality and economic recession and debt can lead to people believing that the US is on the wrong track War foreign policy religious intolerance and civil rights are all issues that Americans may use to defend their opinion of the state of the nation 2 How do constitutions change and how has our constitution changed over time There are four ways a constitution can change revolution amendment 23 vote in congress interpretation looking at laws in different ways which can allow people to arrive at different conclusions and construction Our constitution has changed though extending rightsadjusting election rules modifying government operations and expanding or adjusting government power income tax prohibition 3 Why is interpretation of the constitution just as important as efforts to amend The best example of this is judicial review which determines whether a law is constitutional The Constitution is very ambiguous so it is up to the courts to interpret the Constitution laws regarding social media Justices have different views strict construction textualism original intent and modernism 4 What types of subgovernments exist in our federalist system City councils school districts state governments tribal governments etc 5 What are some positives and negatives related to dispersing power across many levels of government Pros size of the nation experimentation opportunities for citizen involvement helps to accommodate diversity Cons small units could potentially take over confusion over which level of government is in charge of what no uniformity between jurisdictions local governments might be naive about government 6 How have different scholars de ned representation Service responding to speci c needs wants and problems in the area Allocation bringing home the cash Symbolic do they listen to the people Congruence how do the representative s views match up with the constituents 7 In what ways is geography irrelevant when considering representation Collective representation of cials represent issues that are broader than their district Descriptive representation linkages between underrepresented groups and elected of cials who share demographics 8 How have 1st Amendment freedoms been interpreted over time Whenever there is a threat we are more willing to give up some of our rst amendment rights but if there is no threat we are less likely to give up our libertiesThe world is changing and the Constitution is trying to keep up cases involving social media 9 Why might governments or the public want to extend or restrict liberties We are willing to restrict rights in the presence of a threat but during peace times and as the world changes liberties are being extended 10 How have different scholars de ned and measured tolerance One view is that how the least liked group currently Muslims are treated shows the level of tolerance in America 11 How have Americans changed in terms of openness to different types of candidates In the past few decades since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s Americans have become more and more willing to consider candidates form minority groups such as African Americans Latinos women homosexuals and Jews Some groups eg Mormons atheists and Muslims have still not gained much support 12 In what ways are Americans willing to extend rights in principle but not practice If you ask an American whether they would vote for a minority in a survey they will most likely say yes so as to not appear bigoted But when they are alone in a private voting booth they will most likely vote for the white men on the ballot
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