Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Political Cartoon Project

Political Cartoon Project:

Just as was described in class....here it is again:

You are to collect 50 political cartoons.
They should be current not before August of 2011.
For each cartoon you are to write a one to two sentence analysis explaing the cartoon.
How you put your project together is your creative endeavor. Take a look at the walls around you when you are in class and see the many and varied examples. Please see me if you have any questions or ideas that may seem "unorthodox."

This project is due Friday April 20th. Remember, this is during CST testing, don't let that deter or malalign your ability to complete this project.

3/30 homework

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?

Monday, March 19, 2012

3/23 homework


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, March 12, 2012

Homework due 3/16

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)

Sunday, March 04, 2012

3/9 homework

Homework for the week of March 9th will be due the following week as it will take time for you to accomplish it. It is techincal and thus I will be explaing it in class. Be sure to ask any questions if you don't understand something.

We will be looking at media and the role it plays in politics.