Political Science 1336
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POLS 1336 Review Sheet – Final Exam – Winter 2015 Listed on the next few pages are the MAJORITY of the topics that WILL show up on the Final Exam. Please note that these are NOT all of the topics you will see on the Final Exam! There will be a few topics on the Final Exam that are not listed here. Please also be aware that a single topic may show up as multiple questions on the exam, and answering a single question on the exam may require knowledge of multiple topics from this review sheet. In order to get good grades on my exams, you should have read the assigned chapters, came to class routinely and taken good notes, and then studied the review sheet posted here along with all of your notes. Do NOT look up review sheet answers online! Sometimes you will be able to find the correct answers online, and sometimes you won’t be able to. If you have good notes you should be able to find all the answers to the lecture topics. I will NOT answer questions about review sheet topics! The Final Exam is cumulative and it is 50 questions (2 points each for 100 points total). Some of the questions will be multiplechoice, and some of the questions will be true/false. The Final Exam will be an ONLINE EXAM! This means that you will NOT be taking the Final Exam in class! Instead, you will access the Final Exam through our class Blackboard Learn page. The exam will be available for you to take starting at 8:00 AM on Thursday, January 7 . The exam will close at 11:55 PM on Sunday, January 10 . th (This means that you must at the very latest start the exam at least 50 minutes before the time that it closes on Saturday if you want to have enough time to complete the exam) This will give you four full days to take the exam at your leisure on a day and time that best works for you in the comfort of your own home. You will only be allowed 50 minutes to complete the Final Exam (this is one minute per question, which should be more than ample time if you are prepared for the exam). Please note that you will only get ONE ATTEMPT to take the exam on online! Therefore, make sure that you have a reliable computer, internet access, and enough time to take the exam before you start it! If you experience technical difficulties with the exam please contact the UH IT Helpdesk and get a time stamp from them so that your difficulties are properly documented. I will NOT just take your word that something Page 1 of 4 POLS 1336 Review Sheet – Final Exam – Winter 2015 went wrong; you MUST have documented evidence to prove your claims! If you have a legit documented problem that has to do with the UH website or Blackboard Learn, I will allow you a second attempt at the exam, but ONLY if you have time to complete the exam by the deadline that the entire class has. This means that if you wait mere hours before the deadline to start the exam, and you experience technical issues, you will most likely NOT be allowed to have a second attempt at the exam. THIS IS A CLOSED BOOK EXAM! You are NOT allowed to access your eBook, notes, electronic devices, etc. to aid you in the taking of the Final Exam! In addition, NO ONE is allowed to help you complete this exam! Students who are caught violating these rules are cheating and will be dealt with appropriately, which means that at the very least they will receive a ZERO for their Final Exam grade! If you know of someone that is cheating on the exam, please email Professor Abbott with the details. Once you take your exam, you are NOT allowed to discuss the exam at all with ANY of your classmates until after the exam closes for the entire class…doing so counts as CHEATING! If you fail to take the Final Exam online by the duedate you will receive a ZERO for your Final Exam grade. There are NO Makeup Exams! ______________________________________________________________________________ Please study hard for the Final Exam. This is your last chance to impact your Semester Grade! Also keep in mind that the Final Exam is worth 25% of your Semester Points, so the Final Exam could have a significant impact on your Semester Grade (either positive or negative). I will NOT “bump up” or curve your Semester Grade for any reason. The reasons I do not “bump up” or curve Semester Grades are the following: (1) I have been clear on my expectations of you throughout the semester. (2) I have provided Review Sheets for each exam (something I am not required to do). (3) I have provided a fair amount of extracredit throughout the semester. (4) The grades in this class are relatively good (especially for a class so large). (5) Some professors actually curve down Semester Grades if the overall grades are too high, but I would NEVER do that. In fact, if an entire class of mine EARNED “A’s” every single student would get an “A”. Thus, I could technically make the argument that (if anything) Semester Grades in this class should be curved down because they are so good. As such, you should be glad that I do not curve grades down. (6) While I would happy if every single student EARNED an “A” in this class, I am not here to GIVE AWAY good grades. Giving away good grades hurts the integrity of this university, my department, this course, and me as a professor. Page 2 of4 POLS 1336 Review Sheet – Final Exam – Winter 2015 (7) Getting a grade you earned makes you feel better than getting a grade that you begged for. More importantly, it will most likely motivate you to do better in the future…which will make you a better person. __________________________________________________________________________ LECTURE topics that WILL show up on the Final Exam: (All of these topics were covered in class lecture, so using the eBook or searching for answers to these topics online COULD (but may not) lead you to incorrect answers. Long story short, use your notes (or someone else’s notes that are reliable) to answer these topics.) There will be NO topics on the Final Exam that are exclusively from your eBook! The First and Third Party Eras in Texas politics. What key topofthe ballot races did Republicans win during the Fourth Party Era in Texas? Which political party currently wins topof the ballot races in Texas? The differences between atlarge and district elections as well as some examples of each. Who tends to vote for Republicans and who tends to vote for Democrats in Texas? The results of the 2004 Election in Texas. When can local elections be held in Texas? Instruments of disenfranchisement in Texas. Smith v. Allwright How many Texas Constitutions have there been? (According to Abbott) The delegates to the 1876 Texas Constitution. The criticisms of the 1876 Texas Constitution. The number of Amendments to the current Texas Constitution vs. the U.S. Constitution. Direct democracy vs. indirect democracy. The Articles of Confederation (who had the majority of the power under the Articles, and why the Articles failed). The Virginia, New Jersey, and Connecticut Plans. The formal process for amending the U.S. Constitution. st th th th th The 1 , 10 , 14 , 17 , and 27 Amendments. Interstate commerce vs. intrastate commerce. U.S. v. Lopez (1995) and U.S. v. Morrison (2000)(in addition to knowing the details of these cases, make sure you know the three broad categories of activity that Congress may regulate under its commerce power). What does the First Amendment allow when it comes to prayer in public school? What three conditions must be met in order for material to be considered obscene? Page 3 of 4 POLS 1336 Review Sheet – Final Exam – Winter 2015 How are libel and slander applied when public figures and public officials are involved? What are the differences between tracking polls, exit polls, and deliberative polls? What are the differences between open, closed, blanket, and runoff primaries? What is the difference between a primary and a caucus? When does the partyinpower hold its convention? What is the total number of Electoral College votes in the United States? How many electoral votes does Texas currently have? Electoral College reform. What was the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Bush v. Gore (2000), and what were the results of the 2000 presidential election (both the popular vote and the electoral vote)? Page 4 of4
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