I. DEFINITION OF TERMS: All terms should be defined in a detailed manner; not one
word. Definitions should be written, if necessary, in two (2) or more complete sentences
using proper syntax. Each term is valued at 2.5 points. This section will be valued at 25
points. Ten (10) terms will be selected and on the examination.
- Totalitarian government
- Federalist Papers
- Virginia Plan
- Amendment 25
- Three-fifths compromise
- Bill of Rights
- Electoral College
- Article VI of the Constitution
- Checks & Balances
- Separation of Powers
- James Madison
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Civil War Amendments
- Shelby v. Holder
- 23rd Amendment
- Shay’s Rebellion
- Articles of Confederation
- Townshend Act of 1767
- Taxation without Representation
- Full, Faith & Credit Clause
- Bicameral Legislature
- Concurrent Powers
- Supremacy Clause
- Amy Coney Barrett
II. Essay Questions: The essay questions should be discussed in a detailed manner and a
minimum of two (2) paragraphs (minimum 3-4 sentences per paragraph). Your discussion
should be written in proper syntax. You will be required to answer three (3) questions. Each
essay is valued at 25 points.
- Describe and discuss the components of David Easton’s model of a political system.
Identify and discuss the four functions of a political system.
- Discuss government and its functions in society. What is the reciprocal relationship
between the people and government? What are the various types of governments and how do
- Identify and discuss the factors that influenced the decision of the colonists to declare
their independence from Britain.
- Discuss the three major proposals introduced at the Constitutional Convention
designed to structure the American political system.
- Discuss the procedures for proposing and ratifying an amendment to the U.S.
constitution. How many times have the Constitution been amended?
- Discuss the fight for ratification of the Constitution. Who were the Federalists and
Antifederalists? What were their arguments for and against the Constitution?
- Discuss in detail a major current event presently debated in the political arena of the
American Political System. Some events are the Second Impeachment trial of Donald Trump,
Confirmation Hearing for any one of President Biden’s nominees, Republican voter
suppression efforts, COVID relief legislation, COVID -19 racial inequity issues, etc.