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