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POSC 202 Students, Study test 1, 2  &3... this is from where your questions shall come.

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1. What is the approximate amount of the U.S./National Debt?

2. The first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, was?

3. A value shared by most Americans, which, on the ideological scale is the opposite of ‘equality’… what about ‘freedom’?

4. The Connecticut Compromise was a combination of the Virginia Plan and what?

5. Which British restriction was a tax on printed materials? Know what the Declaratory Act was.

6. Know the difference between Implied,  Enumerated and Current Powers.

7. Know the Systems of governance between central and regional governmental units.

8. What do we call “the process of (re)allocating scarce resources”?

9.  The Framers of the U.S. Constitution worried that the tyranny of the majority would be the result of which following political structure?

10. Know the necessary and proper clause/McColluch v. Maryland.

11. What is a power of the Supreme Court derived from Marbury v. Madison that establishes the Court’s power to interpret the constitutionality of a law?

12.What do we call “A comprehensive set of beliefs about politics and the policy process?”

13. Which constitutional provision is designed to prevent the government from arresting and holding an individual indefinitely without charging the individual with a criminal offense?

14. What is the type of democracy we have in the U.S.?

15. Individuals such as Hamilton and Adams that supported the Constitution and the federal system of government - were known as?

16. What do we call a “law making body consisting of two chambers”?

17.  Which constitutional provision has Congress used the most frequently to expand its policymaking authority?  (The answer is: The Commerce Clause.)

18. Know which Articles cover which Branches of the Federal Government.

19. What type of government is one where its power is limited by a framework of fundamental written law?

20. Current American “Conservatives” (IE Republicans) believe ___________________? Where are they on the spectrum?

21. Current American “Liberals” (IE Democrats) believe ___________________? Where are they on the spectrum?

22.  What do we call “The people and institutions that carry out, or implement, public policy?”

23. What did the British want the new American colonies to act as __________?

24. “Democracy” by definition means?

25. Know the period of Federalism (and their yummy cakiness)?

26. A document signed by the “Pilgrims” et al, declaring their intent to live by a rule of law, and by a democracy – is known as what?

27. Know what goes where on the Ideology Spectrum.

28. Know each of the roles of the president as discussed in lecture.

29. Know the traditional weapon of obstruction and delay in the Senate.

30. Know the difference between an Amendment and a Substitute.

31.  The Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate are elected by the? (Answer: The Party Caucuses)

32. The Senate Committee that investigated Watergate in 1973 is an example of a ________________?

33. Legislative leaders who are responsible for rounding up party members for important votes in the house and the senate?


35.  How many electoral votes does Michigan have? How many are need to win a Presidential Election outright? Who elects the President? Who elects the electors of the President?

36. Why is the Iron Triangle “Not so ‘Iron’ anymore?” (SEE THE LECTURE NOTES FOR BUREAUCRACY FOR THIS ONE)

37.  The Pendleton Act (Civil Service Act of 1883) ushered in the Merit System. What system did it mostly replace?

38. What makes a bureaucrat a “bureaucrat” (or public administrator as they prefer to be called) AND, what do we call the members of the Executive Branch you and I are most likely to come into contact with?

39. Have an understanding of Check and Balances between the branches.

40.   Who are the current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court?  Who is the Chief Justice?

41.  Of the Justices, who are the “Conservatives” and who are the “Liberals”?  Who is the “Swinger.”

42.  How many Justices must agree to hear a case before that case is heard?

43. In agreeing to hear a case the Justices will grant a Writ of Certiorari – What does “Certiorari” mean?

44. How are Justices "hired"? For how long?

45. What is Stare’ Decisis?


Know the above up and down… and what possible questions/answer might be associated with those topics and you will ace the Final… ACE THE FINAL, ACE THE COURSE.


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