Monday, October 31, 2011

Homework for 11/4

Chapter 11 Congress "The Powers of Congress"

answer the following:

1. Define the following as they pertain to the powers of Congress:

a. expressed powers

b. implied powers

c. inherent powers

2. What is strict constructionalism?

3. What is liberal or loose constructionalism?

4. What is consensus?

5. What are the purposes of taxation?

6. What is the difference between a direct and indirect tax?

7. What is public debt?

8. What is the commerce power of congress?

9. Explain why the Gibbons case is important.

10. Explain the currency power of congress.

11. What does legal tender mean?

12. What is bankruptcy?

13. What are the foreign relations power of congress?

14. What are the WAR POWERS OF CONGRESS?

15. What is eminent domain?

16. What is the necessary and proper clause and why is it so vital to the congress?

17. What is the McCulloch case and what powers did it settle?

18. What are the steps in an impeach case?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Political Cartoon Project

The Political Cartoon Project

You are to collect 50 political cartoons and write a one or two sentence analysis for each.

The creative part of this project lay within the realm of your own creativity (look at the projects that surround you in my room).

It is okay to ask for help in analyzing your cartoons, I am the last person you should ask. I want you to engage your parents, other relatives, neighbors, other teachers or even that guy on the corner of Magnolia and La Sierra (you never know, he may be a political science genius).

This is a relatively simple project that requires time and effort. Don’t procrastinate, that will kill your grade. As always, if you have any questions….ASK!

Due Date: Nov. 28, 2011

homework for Oct. 28


Answer the following fully:

1. What is the difference between a term and session of congress? (263-4)
2. How many members are there in the House of Reps.? How many Reps. does California have? What is the total number of members in Congress (House and Senate combined)?
3. Why does Ca. have so many Reps.?
4. What is reapportionment and how does it work? (267-8 fully explain)?
5. Look at the map on page 268 and answer the following:
a. Which States have only one Rep.?
b. Which States lost Reps?
c. Which States gained Reps?
d. Why have the "Rust Belt" states lost and the "Sun Belt" states gained Reps. (Listen carefully in class and I'll tell you!)?
6. What date is given for congressional elections (269 be specific)?
7. What is a single-member district vs. voting at-large for Reps.? (270)
8. Literally, what is Gerrymandering? (271)
9. What are the qualifications to be a member of the House? (272)
10. Prior to the 17th Amendment, how were Senators "selected"? (276)
11. What are the qualifications to be a member of the Senate? (277-8)
12. Look at the cartoon on page 278 and explain, according the the cartoon, how Senators were selected in the late nineteeth century?
13. What is the oversight function of Congress and WHY is it soooo important? (281)
14. Make a list of the salary and other compensations or benefits members of Congress are offered. (282-4)

Monday, October 10, 2011

homework for 10/14

Homework for Oct. 14 due at the beginning of class. Quiz...

Be sure not to miss the Interest Group simulation! Points will be awarded and siezed to and from your groups grade. Points awarded to the winners. Pay attention and be helpful.

Chapter 9

Special Interest Groups

Complete the following:

1. What is the underlying purpose of interest groups?

2. What do Madison and de Tocqueville say about interest groups in the U.S.? (238-9)

3. What are 5 valuable funtions of interest groups? (239)

4. What are 4 criticisms of interest groups? (240)

5. What are economic interest groups? (243-4)

6. What are public-interest-groups? (247)

7. What are PACs and how do they operate? (250-4)

Monday, October 03, 2011

homework 10/(7)14

See me in class, this is a technical set of homework that needs explanation. Thus, the two week span of time to complete it.