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Study guide for political systems unit.

Study guide for political systems unit.



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  • Unit 3 Study Guide: Political Systems THE BIG DAY: A Day – Tues, 11/17, B Day – Mon, 11/16 FORMAT: 45 MC questions, 5 MC extra credit, 1 essay Study guides should be written in complete sentences and are due on the day of the test. Your best resources to help you study are your notes that we’ve taken in class! If you have any questions about any of these topics, please see me before or after school, or email me. My door is open to you! Powerpoints and materials from class (may not be in chronological order): Vocab flashcard review (you have this in your notes, too): Magruder’s American Government textbook website: Objectives for the Unit • Analyze the evolution of the electoral process and differences between political parties. • Investigate the roles of money, interest groups, and the media in political campaigns. • Reflect upon the concept of voter identity and participation, and examine the factors that help to shape it. Flashback (From Unit 2) 1. Define “due process” (glossary/p.564) 2. How did the Connecticut Compromise organize Congress? (p.52) 3. How would you describe the Separation of Church and State? (p.538) 4. The founding fathers wanted to prevent power from being too concentrated. Describe the way that they implemented Separation of Powers in the national government. (p.66) 5. What does the 2nd Amendment protect? (p.71) Questions (Unit 3) 6. Describe one advantage of the Electoral College. (p.384) 7. Describe one weakness of the Electoral College. (p.379-381) 8. What is political socialization? (p.168) 9. Describe five factors that influence voter behavior. (p.169-172)
  • 10. What factor (from #9) has the strongest influence on voter behavior and why? (p.169-172) 11. Give two weaknesses of scientific polls. (p.220) 12. How does the government know what public opinion is? (p.215-127) 13. Give two reasons that political parties have lost influence since the 1960s. (p.141) 14. Give one example of each type of interest group – there are 7 types. (p.243-247) 15. How does the media play a role in shaping the public agenda? (p.228) 16. How has television affected political campaigns? (p.228-229) 17. What do political parties do? (p.117) 18. List and describe three ways in which political parties and interest groups differ. (p.237) 19. What is a single-issue party? Give two examples. (p.132) 20. Explain how a minor (third) party might play a “spoiler role.” (p.134) 21. What is one negative aspect AND one positive aspect of multiparty systems? (p.122) 22. What are Political Action Committees and how do they impact political campaigns? (p.197) 23. Using the presidential election of 2008, give one example of a primary election race, and one example of a general election race. 24. What is the difference between an open primary and a closed primary? (p.184) 25. When did America’s two-party system begin? (p.119) 26. What is the difference between “straight ticket” and “split ticket” voting? (p. 171)