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AP Government Review

Answering MCQs

  • Read the WHOLE question
  • Turn EXCEPT questions turn into T/F questions

Answering the Free Response Questions

  • READ the question very carefully.
    • FRQs usually require several general IDs (Identify, Define, List )and then elaboration (Explain, Discuss, Analyze, Describe). Brainstorm to find the best opportunities to earn points and the easiest examples to explain. Don’t just take the first that come to mind. If there is a term you must demonstrate that you know what it means (ex., mandate).
  • DO I NEED AN INTRO?
    • You will only need a thesis on questions that require you to take a definitive stand on an issue. DON’T write a fluff intro, but do include definitions.
  • FORMAT:
    • LABEL each section (with numbers & letters from the question).
    • GUESS if needed. There is no penalty for including incorrect information.
    • If you are more comfortable writing a traditional essay – write an essay.
  • RE-READ YOUR ANSWERS:
    • If you think of an additional point or forgot to reference the question add the information and arrow it into the right spot.
  • SPARE TIRES
    • If the question asks for two examples, you can provide the required two PLUS a third. AP Readers are required to read all three and give you credit for the best two. But if it asks for the only two of something, you will be penalized for including more.

Thursday May 8, 2014

  • OBJ: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of the AP curriculum through review.
  • Drill: What are entitlements? What is the difference between mandatory and discretionary spending.
  • HW: complete FRQ

Answers

  • Entitlements are the programs that make up the major component of mandatory spending in the Federal Budget. They are benefits and include Social Security, Medicare, veterans pensions, etc.
  • Mandatory spending, areas of spending that must be enacted each year by law and are not dependent on annual review from appropriations committee
  • Spending that Congress can change year to year and includes 13 appropriations bills 35% of the budget.

FRQ

  • You have 25 minutes to complete this FRQ.
  • You will then

FRQ Answers 6 points

  • A) 2pts: Identification of a valid scientific opinion poll
    • Randomized sample
    • Representative sample
    • Question wording (unbiased, unambiguous)
    • Large sample size/low margin of error

B) 2pts: one pt for a correct explanation of why each of the following enhance the influence of public opinion on the voting decisions

  • B) 2pts: one pt for a correct explanation of why each of the following enhance the influence of public opinion on the voting decisions
    • Strong public opinion as expressed in polling results
    • Because of the perceived obligation/duty to represent their constituents
    • Competitive reelections
    • -Because of the desire to get reelected.

C) 2pts: one pt is earned for a correct explanation of why each of the following limits the influence of public opinion on the voting decision of members of Congress

  • C) 2pts: one pt is earned for a correct explanation of why each of the following limits the influence of public opinion on the voting decision of members of Congress
  • Legislators’ voting records
    • To avoid being perceived as indecisive by voters/supporters
    • Party Leadership
    • -To avoid the risk of losing party support
    • - To gain party support

Friday May 9, 2014

  • OBJ: SWBAT demonstrate their knowledge of the AP Government Curriculum through review. They will clarify unclear subjects by asking questions through discussion.
  • Drill: How have elections become more democratic?
  • HW: take one more practice test, (there are five new ones up on my website) come in Monday with your questions

FRQ Homework Review: Grade Your Own

  • 5 PTS
  • A) 2 Pts.
  • One point earned for a correct definition of open primary; a primary election in which any voter can cast a ballot in any party’s primary
  • One point for definition of caucus; a meeting or gathering of members of a political party where members deliberate and choose from the list of those seeking the presidential nomination.

Part B 1 point

  • Part B 1 point
  • One point earned for an acceptable consequence for a winner-take-all primary
    • Shortens the timeframe for candidates wrapping up the nomination
    • Affects strategic decisions (allocation of funds, time, etc.)
    • Advantages those with more prominence or better name recognition early in the process

Part C 1 pt.

  • Part C 1 pt.
  • One pint is earned for an acceptable explanation of how superdelegates increase the power of party leaders;
    • Party leaders are now assured a role in the nomination process, regardless of which candidate they support.
    • Party leaders can cast the deciding vote in close nomination contests
    • Superdelegates are unpledged and therefore can change their minds on candidates as the process unfolds

Part D 1 pt

  • Part D 1 pt
  • One point is earned for an acceptable explanation for why campaign strategies often differ between primary and general elections
    • The electorate in the primary election is different from the electorate in the general election
    • A candidate’s opponents in the primary are fellow partisans, whereas in the general election they are from other parties
    • There are differences in financing, media coverage and current events leading up to the general election

Unit 1: Constitutional Underpinnings (5-15%)

  • Considerations that influenced the formulation and adoption of the Constitution
  • Separation of powers
  • Federalism
  • Theories of democratic government

Introduction

Voter Participation

The Policymaking System

  • The process by which policy comes into being and evolves over time.
  • Linkage Institutions
    • Parties, elections, media, interest groups
  • Policymaking Institutions
    • Legislature, executive, courts, bureacracy

Theories of U.S. Democracy

  • Pluralist Theory
  • Elite and Class Theory
    • Societies are divided along class lines and an upper-class elite will rule
    • Not all groups are equal
    • Policies benefit those with money / power
  • Hyperpluralism
    • Groups are so strong that government is weakened
    • Too many ways for groups to control policy
    • Confusing / contradictory policies

The Origins of the Constitution

  • The English Heritage: The Power of Ideas
    • John Locke’s influence
      • Natural rights
      • Consent of the governed
      • Limited Government
  • The “Conservative” Revolution
    • Restored rights the colonists felt they had lost
    • Not a major change of lifestyles

The Government That Failed

  • Economic Turmoil
    • States had different currencies
    • States had laws that favored debtors
  • Shays’ Rebellion
    • A series of attacks on courthouses by a small band of farmers led by Revolutionary War Captain Daniel Shays to block foreclosure proceedings.
  • Articles of Confederation
    • Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, & independence
    • Unicameral Congress (w/one vote per state)
    • No Executive
    • No Federal Judiciary (courts @ state level)

The Agenda in Philadelphia

  • The Equality Issues
    • Equality and Representation of the States
      • New Jersey Plan
      • Virginia Plan
      • Connecticut Compromise
    • Slavery
    • Political Equality

The Agenda in Philadelphia

  • The Individual Rights Issues
    • Some were written into the Constitution:
      • Writ of habeas corpus
      • No bills of attainder
      • No ex post facto laws
      • Religious qualifications for holding office prohibited
      • Strict rules of evidence for conviction of treason
      • Right to trial by jury in criminal cases
    • Some were not specified
      • Freedom of speech / expression
      • Rights of the accused

The Madisonian Model

  • Limiting Majority Control
  • Separation of Powers
  • Checks and Balances
  • Federal System
  • Figure 2.3

Federalist Papers

  • #10 – Factions
  • Factions are bad…but in a Democracy they are inevitable
  • They check and balance each other…no one faction can grow too powerful
  • #51 – Checks & Balances
  • “If men were angels, no government would be necessary – you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.”
  • Ambition must be made to counteract ambition

Ratifying the Constitution

  • Federalist Papers
    • A collection of 85 articles written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison under the name “Publius” to defend the Constitution.
  • Bill of Rights
    • The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, drafted in response to some of the Anti-Federalist concerns about the lack of basic liberties.
  • John Marshall Super-Federalist
  • McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)
    • Supremacy, implied powers, elastic clause
  • Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
    • Expanded commerce clause to navigation & beyond (“backdoor”)

Constitutional Change

  • Figure 2.4

Constitutional Change

  • The Informal Process of Change
    • Judicial Review
      • Power of courts to strike down laws or governmental actions (Marbury v. Madison)
    • Changing Political Practice
      • Ex., parties introduced, electoral college has become rubber stamp
    • Technology
      • Mass media, bureaucracy, atomic weapons, communications have changed the functioning of govenrnment
    • Increasing Demands on Policymakers
      • Superpower, huge budget increase power of the president

What Fractions Do I Need To Know?

  • To make an Amendment (the most common way): 2/3 of Congress (both houses) and 3/4 of the state legislatures. This is hard. It's only happened 27 times.
  • To pass a bill: Simple majority of the Congress (both houses).
  • To override a presidential veto: 2/3 of both houses (very rarely accomplished).
  • To ratify a treaty: 2/3 vote in the Senate is required
  • To confirm a federal court judge, an appeals court judge, or a Supreme Court justice nominated by the POTUS: majority vote in the Senate.
  • To confirm heads of bureaucratic agencies nominated by the POTUS: majority vote in the Senate.
  • To report a bill out of a House or Senate committee or subcommittee: majority vote is necessary.

The Constitutional Basis of Federalism

Monday May 12, 2014

  • OBJ: SWBAT demonstrate their knowledge of the AP Government curriculum through review
  • Drill: What is an issue network and how does it differ from an iron triangle?
  • HW: RELAX!!! You are all going to do fine, make sure you have a pencil and pen. You are ready for this test, get a good nights sleep, eat breakfast, and go in knowing that you know this stuff.

The Constitutional Basis of Federalism

  • States’ Obligations to Each Other
    • Full Faith and Credit
      • Each state must honor the laws and legal proceedings of other states, e.g., marriages, debts. (DOMA)
    • Extradition
      • Governors must return suspects to the states in which they allegedly committed their crimes.
    • Privileges and Immunities
      • Each state must grant to citizens of other states the same rights and privileges that they grant to their own citizens, i.e., states cannot unreasonably discriminate against citizens of other states.

Intergovernmental Relations

  • Dual Federalism
    • Definition: A system of government in which both the states and the national government remain supreme within their own spheres, each responsible for some policies.
    • “layer cake federalism”
    • Ended in the 1930’s
  • Cooperative Federalism
    • Definition: A system of government in which powers and policy assignments are shared between states and the national government.
    • Shared costs, shared administration
    • States follow federal guidelines
    • “marble cake federalism”
  • New Federalism / Devolution
    • Shifting of some authority from national govt. back to the states.
    • Associated with Nixon, Reagan, and esp. associated with 104th and 105th Republican Congress: "Devolution Revolution"
    • Example: use of block grants in welfare reform bill of 1996.
    • (Class of ‘07 termed this “cupcake federalism”)

Intergovernmental Relations

  • Federal Grants to State and Local Governments (Figure 3.1)

Intergovernmental Relations

  • Fiscal Federalism
    • Categorical Grants (or Grants-in-Aid): Federal grants that can be used for specific purposes. They have strings attached.
      • Project Grants: based on merit
      • Formula Grants: amount varies based on formulas
    • Block Grants: Federal grants given more or less automatically to support broad programs.
    • The Scramble for Federal Dollars
      • $400 billion in grants every year
      • Universalism - a little something for everybody
    • The Mandate Blues
      • Mandates direct states or local governments to comply with federal rules under threat of penalties or as a condition of receipt of a federal grant.
      • Unfunded mandates are requirements on state & local governments - but no money

Unit 2: Political beliefs and behaviors (10-20%)

  • Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders
  • Processes by which citizens learn about politics
  • The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion
  • The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life
  • Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms of political beliefs and behaviors

The American People

  • The Regional Shift
    • Reapportionment: The process of reallocating seats in the House of Representatives every 10 years on the basis of the results of the census.
  • Figure 6.2

How Americans Learn About Politics: Political Socialization

  • Political Socialization:
    • “…the process through which and individual acquires [their] particular political orientation”
  • The Process of Political Socialization
    • The Family
      • Time & emotional commitment
      • Political leanings of children often mirror their parent’s leanings
    • The Mass Media
      • Generation gap in TV news viewing
    • School / Education
      • Used by government to socialize the young into the political culture
      • Education produces better jobs and a more positive view of government

How American Learn About Politics: Political Socialization

  • Turnout by Age, 2000 (Figure 6.3)
  • Aging increases political participation and strength of party attachment

What Americans Value: Political Ideologies

  • Political Ideology:
    • A coherent set of beliefs about politics, public policy, and public purpose.
  • Who Are the Liberals and Conservatives?
    • Views change over time
    • Currently about 37% conservative, 23% liberal, 40% moderate
  • Do People Think in Ideological Terms?
    • Ideologues: think in ideological terms - 12% of the population
    • Group Benefits: rely on party labels - 42% of the population
    • Nature of the Times: current times are good or bad - 24% of the population
    • No issue content: based on personalities - 22% of the population

How Americans Participate in Politics

  • Class, Inequality, and Participation
  • Figure 6.5

How American Elections Work

  • Initiative Petition:
    • Voters in some states propose legislation to be voted on.
    • Requires a specific number of signatures to be placed on the ballot.
    • Can still be voted down by the people.
  • Referendum:
    • Voters are given the chance to approve or disapprove a legislative act, bond issue, or constitutional amendment proposed by the legislature.

Whether to Vote: A Citizen’s First Choice

  • Deciding Whether to Vote
    • U.S. typically has low voter turnouts.
    • Some argue it is a rational choice to not vote.
    • Political Efficacy: The belief that one’s political participation really matters.
    • Civic Duty: The belief the in order to support democratic government, a citizen should always vote.
  • Who Votes?
    • Education: More education = more likely to vote. Most important factor.
    • Age: Older = more likely to vote.
    • Race: Caucasian = more likely to vote. BUT, other ethnicities are higher with comparable education.
    • Gender: Female = more likely to vote.
    • Marital Status: Married = more likely to vote.
    • Union Membership: = more likely to vote.
    • Traits are cumulative - possessing several adds up.

Unit 3: Political parties, interest groups, and mass media (10-20%)

  • Political parties and elections (including their functions, organization, historical development, and effects on the political process)
  • Interest groups (including PACs)
    • The range of interests that are or are not represented
    • The activities of interest groups
    • The effects of interest groups on the political process
    • The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process
  • The mass media

The Mass Media

  • Media Events:
    • Events purposely staged for the media that nonetheless look spontaneous. Media events can be staged by almost anybody.
  • Other items to consider:
    • 60% presidential campaign spending is TV ads
    • Image making / news management is important, especially for presidents
  • Policy Agenda:
    • The issues that attract the serious attention of public officials and other people actively involved in politics at the time.
  • Policy Entrepreneurs:
    • People who invest their political “capital” in an issue.
    • All depend on good images and good will.

The Meaning of Party

  • Tasks of the Parties
    • Linkage Institutions: The channels through which people’s concerns become political issues on the government’s policy agenda.
    • Parties Pick Candidates
    • Parties Run Campaigns
    • Parties Give Cues to Voters
    • Parties Articulate Policies
    • Parties Coordinate Policymaking
  • Party identification is a citizen’s self-proclaimed preference for one party or the other.
  • Ticket-splitting:
    • Voting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices.
    • Ticket-splitting has become the norm in American voting behavior.
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