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Preparing for MidTerm Common and Test #3

These questions represent a majority of the questions on the common assessment and test #3

Can You Answer These Questions?

There will be a review session on Wednesday during lunch to go over ALL the questions on this week's assessments.

1. What is the evolutionary theory of government?

2. What are natural rights?

3. What is the Magna Carta?

4. What are the five characteristics of a state?

5.  What does the preamble of The Constitution say are the purposes of The Constitution?

6. Who holds ultimate power in a democracy?

7. What is the definitions of a dictatorship and of a democracy?

8. What does sovereignty mean to a state?

9. Who is the highest ranking official in a state?

10. Who believed in a pluralistic, democratic, and capitalist state?

11. How is the head of government chosen in a parliamentary system of government?

12. What are the three ways power can be divided in a government geographically and what are examples of each?

13. What is the definition of each of the three ways that power can be divided geographically in a government?

14. Which theory of the origin of states has influenced the United States?

15.  What is the definition of government?

16. What is a Constitution?

17. What did Thomas Hobbes believe regarding our natural rights and the establishment of the state?

18. What is a state?

19. What is social contract theory?

20. Why is the King of Spain generally more popular than the President of The United States?

21. Why does the President have an advantage when meeting with European Heads of Government?

22. What does a limited government mean?

23. What is the difference between a unicameral and a bicameral legslature?

24. What was The Great Compromise?

25. What was Shay's Rebellion?

26. Who became known as the father of The Constitution?

27. How many amendments have been made to The Constitution?

28. How many ways can The Constitution  be amended?

29. What is the Bill of Rights?

30. Why did the Southern States want slaves counted in their population?

31. How can we divide governments into two groups?

32. How can we divide parliamentary governmewnts into two groups based upon who is their head of state?

33. Why did the United States elect to use Federalism?

34. In a Presidential system on government, what is the relationship of the three branches?

35. In a Parliamentary system of government, which branch of government is highest?

36. What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence?

37. What does it mean if a government action is found to be "unconstitutional"?

38. What are the basic principles of The Constitution?

39. What is the difference between an oligarchy and autocracy?

40. Where does compromise occue in our system of government?

41. Why is comproimise between different parties frequentlty required in a parliamentry system of government?

42. What is the electoral college?

43. What does expressed powers mean?

44. What is the presidential line of succession and who is in it?

45. What is the 25th amendment to The Constitution and what does it provide?

46. What is the 22nd amendment to The Constitution and what does it provide?

47. In creating a system of government that is not the most democratic, what principle benefit were the founders seeking?

48. As leader of the nation's armed forces, what title does the President hold?

49. What are the President's legislative powers?

50. Which two states held up ratification of The Constitution?

51. What position does he President hold in his political party?

52. What was an important issue that the framers of The Constitution had to compromise over?

53. Why did the southern states want slaves counted in their population?

54. What is a treaty?

55. What were the New Jersrey and Virginia plans?

56. What does it mean when something is determined to be  "unconstitutional"?

57. What are implied powers?

58. What does it mean when we say the president is Chief executive"?

59. Following what war was the War Powers Act passed?

60. What is Prime Minister's Questions and why is this an example of the relationship of the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government in a parliamentary system?









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