Friday, September 23, 2011

homework for 9/30

Homework for 9/30 and...quiz on Friday

Ch. 7 Elections


Define the following terms:

1. caucus

2. direct primary

3. closed primary

4. open primary

5. blanket primary

6. runoff primary

7. absentee voting

8. coattail effect

9. Australian ballot

10. office-group ballot

11. party column ballot

12. bedsheet ballot

13. Political action committee

14. subsidy

15. Hard v. soft money

Friday, September 16, 2011

Homework for 9/23

Homework due Sept. 23, be ready for a quiz

Chapter 6 Voting Rights:

1. What do Suffrage and Franchise mean?

2. What is the electorate and what is the approximate number in this country?

3. What are the current voter qualifications in this country?

4. What is a poll tax and how were they used?

5. READ page 158 and explain why voter apathy is dangerous to our democracy?

6. How did the 15th amendment affect former slaves and why was it not enforced?

7. What is gerrymandering?

8.What did the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 effectively to for blacks in America?

9.What is preclearance and how does it work?

10. Create a list (10) of reasons why people don't vote.

Extra-credit possibility: list and explain some possibilities to encourage and expand voting in the future. Please be serious here

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Homework for 9/16

Homework due 9/16. Be ready for a quiz

Chapter 5 Political Parties

Answer the following:

1. What is a political party?

2. What is the function of a political party?

3. What is the watchdog function of political parties?

4. Why does the US have a two party system?

5. What is a single-member district?

6. What is a plurality?

7. What is a pluralistic society?

8. What is a coalition?

9. What is an incumbent?

10. What are factions and how do they operate?

11. What are the 4 types of minor parties and why are they important?

AND complete the following online quizzes to find out your political affiliation....

Political Party online quizzes

Here are the quizzes I spoke of in class.

These are due on Friday with your homework.

Simply print the results out or write them out on a piece of paper.

We will be discussing this in class, so please be prepared.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Homework for 9/9

Homework for Friday 9/9 due at the beginning of class and a quiz is to follow so study.

Federalism: read pages 88-108

Answer the following:

1. Define Federalism.

2. What are expressed powers?

3. What are implied powers?

4. What are inherent powers?

5. What are reserved powers?

6. What are exclusive powers?

7. What are concurrent powers?

8. What are the procedures for admiting new states?

9. What is a grant-in-aid?*

10. What is revenue sharing?*

11. What are categorical grants?*

12. What are block grants?*

* I will explain these in class with diagrams and pics!.