Unit 1 - Constitutional Democracy

100     What is the difference between representative and direct democracy?

200     What governing document was replaced by the US Constitution in 1789?

300     What state was the compromise that led to a bicameral legislature named after?

400     What compromise accommodated concerns over how to count slaves for apportionment?

500     In the battle over Constitutional ratification, what group argued for the inclusion of the Bill of Rights?

Unit 1 - The Living Constitution

100     How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?

200     What do we call it when the presidency is controlled by one party and the legislature by another?

300     Name two checks the legislature has over the executive branch?

400     What was the precedent set in Marbury v. Madison?

500     What portion of the states does it take to ratify an amendment to the Constitution?


Unit 1 - American Federalism

100     What is the name for powers specifically given to one of the branches of government?

200     List an example of a program funded by a categorical formula grant:

300     What precedent did McCulloch v. Maryland set?

400     What do we call powers that are shared by both state and federal government?

500     Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 gives the Congress the power to regulate all business activities that cross state lines or affect more than one state or other nations. What is it’s name?

Unit 2 - Political Culture and Ideology

100     What is the name of the ideology that government can and should achieve justice and equality of opportunity?

200     What is the name of the ideology that limited government ensures order, competitive markets and personal opportunity?

300     The gender gap refers to what fact about political behavior?

400     What is one reason that minority groups tend to support liberalism?

500     The belief that ultimate power resides in the people is known as what?


Unit 2 - The American Political Landscape

100     What section of the country has experienced the fastest population growth in the past two decades?

200     What ethnic group is the largest minority group in the U.S. today?

300     What are two ways that younger Americans differ from older Americans in their political beliefs and habits?

400     The US is predicted to have a minority majority population by 2050. What does this mean?

500     What is the name of political divisions within a society that can make political conflict more intense and society more polarized?

Unit 3 - Interest Groups

100     List three ways lobbyists attempt to influence policy?

200     What is the difference from a social movement and an interest group?

300     What do PACs do to try to achieve their goals?

400     What is a Leadership PAC?

500     What limits has the Supreme Court placed on spending in independent expenditures?


Unit 3 - Political Parties

100     How many officials would be elected in a winner-take-all, plurality district?

200     What does Duverger’s Law state?

300     What is party dealignment?

400     Name three of the functions of a political party.

500     Name three of the realigning or key elections in American history.


Unit 3 - Public Opinion, Participation, and Voting

100     Name one example of a manifest opinion in the US?

200     What is the single most important agent of political socialization?

300     What do we call people choosing media that agrees with their political ideology?

400     What is the most common form of American campaign activity?

500     What is the name for every individual in a group having a known and equal chance of being selected for a survey?

Unit 4 – Congress 1

100     How many members of the House of Representatives are there?

200     What is the selection of committee chair usually based upon?

300     What group reconciles bills from the House and the Senate?

400     List three ways a bill can die in congress?

500     What majority is needed to vote to override a presidential veto?


Unit 4 – Congress 2

100     What is a filibuster?

200     What is an open rule?

300     What does it take to end a filibuster?

400     What committee oversees Social Security and Medicare?

500     What are two powers of the House Rules Committee?


Unit 4 – President 1

100     What Amendment limited the president to two terms of office?

200    Who was the longest serving president?

300     What is the difference between an executive order and a law?

400     Name three positions the president can appoint:

500     What is a lame duck?


Unit 4 – President 2

100     What is the name of the president’s limo?

200    What is the maximum number of presidential terms?

300     Name three presidential powers in the Constitution:

400     What is a pocket veto?

500     How long can the president commit troops without Congressional approval?


Unit 4 - Judiciary

100     How many members of the Supreme Court are there?

200    How many justices does it take to bring a case to the Supreme Court?

300     Who does the Constitution give the power to set up the US federal Courts?

400     What is an amicus curiae brief?

500     What are three core beliefs of judicial conservatives?


Unit 4 – Federal Officials

100     Who is the secretary of state?

200     Who is the president’s chief of staff?

300     Who is the Senate Majority Leader?

400     Who is the Supreme Court Chief Justice?

500     Who is the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board?


Unit 4 - Court Cases

100     What case guarantees a lawyer for the defendant?

200     What precedent and what case did Brown versus Board overturn?

300     What rule was established in Mapp v Ohio?

400     What would a judicial activist say about the right to privacy?

500     What clause of the 1st Amendment was the basis for Engel v Vitale?


Unit 4 - Bureaucracy

100     What are the four departments in the inner cabinet?

200     What are two examples of government corporations?

300     What are three forms of congressional oversight of the bureaucracy?

400     List one current US independent agency:

500     What is devolution?


Final jeopardy

What are two reasons that minor parties don’t win the presidency in the U.S.?