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American Politics 10100 Name:

Final Review Spring 2009

The final will be given Tuesday, May 19th,


6:00-8:15pm in Harris 12.

Structure: The exam will consist of twenty-five multiple choice questions worth two points
each, four concepts to define worth five points each, and three short answer questions worth ten
points each. The multiple-choice section will be based on the same terms as the concept section.
The three short answer questions will be chosen (by me) from the list of five questions below.
The exam is based upon the readings listed from March 3rd – May 5th.

Multiple Choice: The first section of the exam will be twenty-five multiple choice questions,
each worth two points (50pt total). The questions will be based on this list of terms.
Majoritarianism Principle of proportionality
Plurality vote Race-conscious districting
Number of Electors in Electoral College American exceptionalism
Dissent Content neutral restriction
Content based restriction Viewpoint neutral
Civil liberty Civil rights
Sins of the “other” (4) Social Gospel
Public forum doctrine Associations
Nineteenth Amendment Franchise
Suffrage Prospective voting
Retrospective voting Advertising
Credit claiming Position taking

Know the details (main question(s) brought before the Court, how the judges voted, main
point(s) of the majority opinion, main point(s) of the dissenting opinion) for the following cases:
Grutter v. Bollinger, Roe v. Wade, and Planned Parenthood of South Eastern PA v. Casey.

Know whether the following cases fall under the category of deferential or activist in the
decisions made by the Supreme Court: McCulloch v. Maryland, the Slaughter House Cases,
Munn v. Illinois, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Pollack v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co., Lochner v. New
York Brandenburg v. Ohio, and Reynolds v. Sims.

Concept Definitions: You will have four concepts to define (2-4 complete sentences per
question/20pt total). The four concepts will be taken from the above list.
Model Concept with Answer:
Democracy: Democracy has taken on many different meanings. However, democracy
must include citizen participation in the political system on a regular basis, through
elections and other means.
Short Answer Questions: You will have to answer three short answer questions (5-7 complete
sentences per question/30pt total). The three questions will be taken from the list below. You do
not have a choice in the questions you answer, so prepare all of them!

1. How was American foreign policy during the Cold War a catalyst for change in the Civil
Rights movement at home?

2. What are some of the critiques of the Electoral College? What are some of the arguments
against changing it?

3. According to Amenta and Skocpol, what factors can affect public policy formation? Pick two
factors and give examples of how they have changed public policy (you may choose
examples from any of our course readings).

4. Tocqueville fears the “tyranny of the majority” in the United States. How does he define this
tyranny? Give an example from American politics that is an example of tyranny of the
majority at work.

5. The 2008 Presidential Election showed us how political behavior in American politics can
change quickly. Pick two aspects of American political behavior; describe how they were
characterized pre-2008 by political scientists, and explain how they changed in the 2008
election (you may select aspects from any of the course readings).

Tips for the Final


As noted on the syllabus under Course Responsibilities, you are required to complete the
examinations. The exam is based on lectures, assigned readings, and in-class discussions.

NO MAKEUP FINALS will be administered. If you fail to take the final, there are no makeup
opportunities. Please note the time that the exam begins (6:00pm). There will be no extra time
given for students who arrive late.

For the Concept Definition and Short Answer sections, you MUST answer in complete
sentences. If you do not, you will automatically lose points. A complete sentence has a subject
and verb.

Prepare all parts of the exam! Do not try to guess which questions I will ask as your study
strategy. It is a waste of time, especially when your time would be better spent actually studying.

Give yourself plenty of time to review and study. Cramming the night before is the best way to
be ill-prepared and tired the day of the exam. Don’t overwhelm yourself with studying
everything all at once; break the review sheet into manageable parts.