Unit I - Constitutional Underpinnings

I. Constitutional Underpinnings 5-15% of test

About 10% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 1




Practice Test Question

_____1. All of the following are consequences of the US federal system EXCEPT

A.     Inequality in government services across sub-national entities

B.     Opportunities for experimentation in government programs

C.     Multiple points of access to government for interest groups and citizens

D.    The possibility of different laws in different states

E.     A strict and non-overlapping division of powers between state & national governments


Unit Practice

Make a Venn diagram listing the checks and balances of the three branches of government.


Silly Analogy

If the Founding Fathers were a sports team (current or past), explain which sports team they would be.

Unit 2 - Political Beliefs and Behaviors

2. Political Beliefs and Behaviors 10-20% of test

About 15% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 2




Test Review Question

_____2. The term gender gap refers to the idea that

A.     Women tend to be more educated than men

B.     Women tend to be more liberal than men

C.     Women tend to be proportionally over represented in the US Congress

D.    Women tend to be less religious than men

E.     Women tend to vote in much higher numbers than men in national elections


Unit Practice

Make a chart outlining the main beliefs of American Conservatives, Liberals, and Libertarians


Silly Analogy

Take a movie series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, or one of your choosing. Think about the major beliefs of American political ideologies like liberalism and conservatism. Explain which characters from the movie franchise represent liberalism and which characters represent conservatism and which are moderates.

Unit 3 - Parties, Interest Groups, & Mass Media

3. Parties, Interest Groups, & Mass Media 10-20% of test

About 15% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 3




Practice Test Question

_____3. Party dealignment refers to

A.     The fact that about every 50 years a new party emerges in power

B.     The fact that America has a two party as opposed to a multiparty system

C.     The rise in the number of registered independents

D.    The trend of children of parents who both vote for the same major party to vote of the opposite party

E.     The fact that in a 2 party system, parties compete mostly for moderates


Unit Practice

Make a chart outlining the main policy positions of the two major US political parties.


Silly Analogy

If the US Democratic Party were a car, explain what kind of car would it be. If the US Republican Party were a car, explain what kind of car would it be.

Unit 4 - Institutions of National Government - Legislative Branch

4 - Institutions of National Government - Part 1 - Legislative Branch

About 45% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 4. The legislative branch is 1/3 of Unit 4, so about 15% of the total AP exam will cover the legislative branch.




Practice Test Question

_____ 4.1. Which of the following generally results when the Senate and House pass different versions of the same bill?

A.     The president signs the version he prefers.

B.     The bill goes back to each house’s committee and restarts the legislative process.

C.     All amendments to the bill are invalidated, and the original version of the bill is sent to the president to sign.

D.    The Senate’s version of the bill is sent to the president, because the Senate is the higher legislative body.

E.     The two legislative bodies form a conference committee.


Unit Practice

Make a chart with

a) 7 steps a bill takes to become a law and

b) 5 ways to kill a bill.


Silly Analogy

If Congress were an animal, explain what animal Congress would be.

Unit 4 - Institutions of National Government - Executive Branch

4 - Institutions of National Government - Part 2 - Executive Branch

About 45% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 4. The legislative branch is 1/3 of Unit 4, so about 15% of the total AP exam will cover the executive branch.




Practice Test Question

_____ 4.2. In vetoing a bill, the President does which of the following?

A.     Rejects only a part of the bill without rejecting it entirely.               

B.     Prevents any further action on the bill.

C.     Sends the bill back to its original committee.                          

D.    Rejects all sections of the bill.

E.     Decides the bill’s constitutionality.


Unit Practice

List what you consider the five most important presidential powers along with one example of how each has been exercised by the current POTUS.


Silly Analogy

Imagine that a film is being made about the Trump Presidency. Explain what actor would best be cast in the role of President Trump, or explain what character from any movie you have seen most resembles President Trump.


Unit 4 - Institutions of National Government - Judicial Branch

4 - Institutions of National Government - Part 3 - Judicial Branch

About 45% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 4. The legislative branch is 1/3 of Unit 4, so about 15% of the total AP exam will cover the judicial branch.




Test Review Question

_____ 4.3. If the Supreme Court reaches a tie on a decision on a case which of the following happens

A.     Congress decides the verdict.                

B.     The Supreme Court Chief Justice gets to decide the verdict.

C.     The next lowest courts’ ruling stands. 

D.    The Vice President gets to break the tie.

E.     They must take the case again next year.


Unit Practice

There are certain steps a case must go through before the Supreme Court issues its ruling. Describethe five most important steps a case must go through as it makes its way through the SCOTUS.


Silly Analogy

If the Supreme Court of the United States were summarized and described by just one adjective, explain what that adjective would be.


Obligatory Supreme Court with Dogs from John Oliver


Unit 5 - Public Policy

5. Public Policy 5-15% of test

About 10% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 1


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Practice Test Question

_____ 5. What is the main function of the federal bureaucracy?

A.     to develop and enforce procedures for implementing policy

B.     to make policy recommendations

C.     to create new policies

D.    the review policies

E.     to research policy initiatives


Unit Practice

Describe the 5 most important pieces of US policy from the past 100 years and explain the effect of each on the United States.


Silly Analogy

If American policy from the past century were a celebrity, explain what celebrity it would be.


Unit 6 - Civil Rights & Liberties

6. Civil Rights & Liberties 5-15% of test

About 10% of the AP exam will cover material from Unit 6





Practice Test Question

_____ 6. Selective incorporation refers to which of the following?

A.   The right to of dual citizens to choose citizenship at age 18

B.    The Supreme Court ruling that states must not violate the first Amendment

C.    The ability to ignore the exclusionary rule in grand jury indictments

D.   The right of a law officer to enter a burning house without a search warrant 

E.    The Supreme Court ruling striking down quotas in affirmative action


Unit Practice

List what you consider the five most important Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases Rulings along with an explanation of the importance of each ruling.


Silly Analogy

If the state of civil rights and civil liberties under the current presidential administration were an athlete or sports team, explain who it would be.


Review Test Question Answers

Unit 1 - Answer E

Unit 2 - Answer B

Unit 3 - Answer C

Unit 4.1 - Answer E

Unit 4.2 - Answer D

Unit 4.3 - Answer C

Unit 5 - Answer A

Unit 6 - Answer B

 

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