Analyze and answer one of the following questions in a complete essay.

Your essay must include at least 5-7 course concepts from your study guide. There is no specific word count. In order to pass the final, you must write a complete essay putting the course concepts in context.

1. How has the United States’ political system evolved from what the Founding Fathers created through the Constitution and how has it stayed constant? Would the Founders recognize the modern American government?

2. Evaluate how Congress is supposed to function, according to your understanding of the struggles involved in the ratification of the Constitution and the intent of the Founders, and how the modern Congress actually functions.

3. A theme in American political evolution is the continuing expansion of presidential power. Respond to this statement. Be sure to use specific examples of how presidential power has expanded or remained constant.

(Final Study Guide)

American political ideals and challenges to those ideals in modern America
Enlightenment era philosophers that influenced American political thought
Evolution of Federalism
Separation of Powers
What the constitution says about the powers of national government and of the states
Expressed, Implied, and Reserved Powers
Elastic Clause
Supremacy Clause
Commerce Clause
McCulloch v. Maryland
Gibbons v. Ogden
Political parties and the role they play in elections and government
Explain how interest groups try to influence government
Madisonian Pluralism
Iron triangle
Describe who serves in Congress and how they represent their constituents
Outline steps and process of passing a law
Analyze the factors that influence which laws Congress passes
Describe Congress’s influence over other branches of government
Committee system
Powers Constitution gives to president
Identify institutional resources presidents have
Explain how modern presidents have expanded their power
Examples of delegated and inherent Powers
Executive Order
Signing Statement
Executive Agreement
Appointment Power
Checks and Balances
Electoral College
Judicial Branch
Supreme Court and lower federal courts and their functions
Judicial Review
Marbury v Madison
The progressive movement and direct democracy mechanisms in California
Distinguish between initiative, referendum and recall procedures
Separate but equal, Plessy v Ferguson, Brown v The Board of Ed., de jure/de facto segregation
14th Amendment, Equal Protection Clause
Civil Rights/Civil Liberties

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