American Government Due 10/17

American Government Week 8
Basic American Government

Read pages 181-192

Read “The Declaration of Independence” pp. 511-515

Read “Virginia Bill of Rights”  pp. 516-518

Answer questions according to the reading

Take the Week 6 test (located after the study questions)

Current Event

 

Study Questions  181-185

  1. When was the “era of constitution making” in American history?

 

 

  1. What were some of the historical documents that laid the foundation for the American colonists to write a constitution?

 

 

  1. How and why did the Declaration of Independence come to be written

 

 

  1. What are the 3 main sections to the Declaration?

 

 

 

  1. Jefferson said that among the inalienable rights every person enjoys are “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Which of these three words was unexpected and out of line with all previous usage?  What word would normally have been used instead?

 

 

 

Pg. 185-192

  1. What came first: the states or the United States?

 

 

  1. Carson seems to think that the states that wrote constitutions in 1776 and 1777 “did things wrong” They “should have” done things differently.  What is he objecting to in what they wrote?

 

 

  1. What are some of the common characteristics of virtually all the state governments in the U.?

 

 

  1. What are some of the key rights, outlined in the Virginia Bill of Rights that came to be part of the Constitution of the United States?

 

 

 

  1. Carson says that the Massachusetts Bill of Rights invoked “religious toleration” when it said, “…and every denomination of Christians…shall be equally under the protection of the law, and no subordination of any one sect or denomination to another shall ever be established by law”. (All Christian denominations are equal, protected equally, and no one denomination will be established in the country by law)  Do you think this “toleration” went too far, or not far enough?

 

 

 

  1. What means have been used in the past to differentiate governmental leaders at the state level?

 

 

 

Pp. 516-517

  1. Do you agree or disagree with the statement, “all power is vested (belongs to) in and consequently derived from the people.”?

 

 

  1. What assumptions have gone into the 16th clause of the Bill of Rights?

 

 

 

  1. Do you find these assumptions offensive? Why or why not?

 

 

 

  1. If one does not assume either a common theistic religious base or a common Christian religious base, is it possible for all people to be equally entitled to the free exercise of their religious? Why or why not?

 

Week 6 Test

  1. What is government?

 

  1. What is politics?

 

 

  1. According to Basic American Government, what type of government do all countries have a tendency to move towards?

 

 

  1. Why did the Founders favor a government of “laws and not men”?

 

 

 

  1. List the three branches of government and list what each of their “roles” is.

 

 

  1. With whom or what does ultimate sovereignty under the United States Constitution supposedly rest?

 

 

 

  1. What are electors?

 

 

  1. How many Electors does each state have?

 

  1. What are the requirements for becoming President of the United States? .
  • How efficient is the dispersal of power in our government?

 

 

 

  • What was the reason for establishing the Constitution?

 

 

  1. For how long are justices of the United States courts permitted to fulfill their judicial duties?

 

 

Bonus Question:

If the government of the United States is not a democracy, what is it?

 

 

American Government Due 10/10

American Government Week 7

Basic Government

The Bill of Rights pp. 545-546

Read pages 161-180

Answer questions on the reading

Current Event

Study previous study questions (weeks 1-6) for a test next week.

 

Questions

  1. In the First Amendment, who or what is prohibited from making laws that either establish or restrain the free exercise of religion?

 

  1. Besides matters of religion, with what other issues does the First Amendment deal?

 

 

  1. What does the amendment have to say about these things you listed above?

 

 

  1. What is a militia?

 

  1. Do we still have a militia today?

 

  1. Why is the Third Amendment significant?

 

 

  1. In the Fourth Amendment it talks about “searches and seizures”. What does this mean?

 

 

  1. How might private property be “taken for public use”?

 

 

  1. What rights does the Sixth Amendment guarantee?

 

 

  1. Why is a trial by jury, especially a jury of one’s peers, so important?

 

 

  1. Why would anyone care about the Eighth Amendment?

 

 

  1. Why do we have the Ninth Amendment?

 

 

  1. Why do we have the Tenth Amendment?

 

 

  1. What does the above answer mean

 

 

Pp. 161-172

 

  1. What was the original name for most of the colonies?

 

 

  1. On what grounds were the colonial governments established in America?

 

 

  1. What did the people of the colonial period like and dislike about their governments?

 

 

  1. Why is the Mayflower Compact so significant?

 

 

  1. What was so unique about the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut as opposed to the charters and compacts of the other colonies?

 

  1. What are the differences between royal, proprietary, and charter colonies?

 

 

 

  1. Why and how did the “power of the purse” give the legislatures power over their king-appointed governors.

 

 

 

  1. Explain the “natural law” perspective concerning human life, liberty, and property.

 

 

 

  1. Besides free speech, what other freedoms and natural rights did Franklin and other Revolutionary leaders argue for?

American Government (Due 10/3)

American Government 

 

Basic American Government

Read pgs.  42-58 (This won’t be easy reading, but you can do it!!)

Answer questions according to your reading

 

Complete Idiot’s Guide to U.S. Gov.

Read Chapter 16

Read/contemplate 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Current Event

 

Basic American Government

  1. Does the dispersal of power create an efficient government?

 

 

  1. What was Patrick Henry’s concern about the government established by the Constitution?

 

 

  1. For what purposes could taxes be raised by the general government?

 

 

  1. What is the “necessary and proper” clause of the Constitution?

 

 

 

  1. Is either the general government of the United States or any of the state governments limited in their powers by the words of the Constitution?

 

Pg. 51-58

 

  1. Why did Alexander Hamilton feel that a Bill of Rights was not only unnecessary, but actually dangerous?

 

 

  1. How did Patrick Henry view the matter?

 

 

  1. Carson says that the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are not granted by the government. Instead, he says, they are “natural” and “inalienable”.  If this is so, then why were slaves and others (Native Americans) precluded from enjoying these same rights?

 

 

  1. What are the rights to life, liberty, and property? (Define)

 

 

 

  1. What is the primary purpose of the Bill of Rights? A) To lay out what rights citizens of the U.S. may enjoy or B) to define limitations on the general government?

 

 

  1. What is a search warrant and what does probable cause mean?
  2. Search warrant:

 

  1. Probable Cause:

 

 

The Complete Idiot’s guide

 

  1. What does the 14th Amendment say

 

 

  1. How is the Ninth Amendment special?

 

 

 

  1. Do you believe that both Evolution and Creationism should be taught equally in public schools? Why or why not?

 

 

  1. What is the Sedition Act of 1917? Do you see this type of behavior today in our country?  Give an example.

 

 

 

  1. What Supreme Court decision gave you the right, that you are “enjoying” right now. of home schooling

 

 

  1. Which amendment protects a person against the government intruding into your private home?

 

  1. What are the Miranda Rights?

 

 

 

  1. What does the Eighth Amendment say?

 

 

American Government Due 9/26

Loved our class today!  Way to work as a “congress” to get something done.  Also, I loved how you all chimed in on our vaccination discussion.  This is how we need to talk as a country!  Each stating their point (backing it up with facts) and listening to the other side!

American Government Week 5

Basic American Government

Read pages 539-544, Article II, Article III, Article IV, Article V

Read “Amendment 12, pg. 547 (warning….it might be confusing!)

Read and pray through Romans 13:5-7

Answer questions

Current Event

 

Basic American Government

  1. What are Electors?

 

  1. According to the Constitution, who sets the rules for how Electors are chosen?

 

 

  1. How many Electors serve each state?

 

 

 

  1. Who sets the rules for how the Electors are chosen?

 

 

 

  1. Is it possible that on Elector might vote differently than the way they are expected to vote?

 

 

  1. Who is eligible to become President of the United States?

 

 

  1. Why do you think the founders made the rule about the president’s compensation being neither “increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected”?

 

 

 

  1. Do you think that the fact that the President has these kinds of responsibilities he should to have studied military strategy?  Why or why not?

 

 

 

  1. What responsibilities does the President have?

 

 

  1. Even though he is the head of the executive branch, the President may propose legislation. (the job of the House)  Why do you think that is?

 

 

 

  1. What is the difference of “commissioning” someone and “appointing” someone?  (you may have to guess)

 

 

  1. Can the President, vice president, or other officials be removed from office?  How

 

 

  1. What types of crimes can they be impeached on?

 

 

  1. Describe how Electors voted for President and vice president as originally written in the Constitution.

 

 

 

  1. For how long are justices of the U.S. courts permitted to fulfill their judicial duties?

 

 

 

  1. There is a provision in Art.  III, Sec. 1, that the compensation for judges “shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”  Why do you think this is?

 

 

 

  1. What does the phrase “original jurisdiction” mean?  What does “appellate jurisdiction” mean?

 

 

  1. Over what cases does the courts of the U.S. have original jurisdiction?

 

 

  1. For which kinds of cases is the U.S. court system an appellate court?

 

 

  1. According to the Constitution, what is treason against the U. S.?

 

 

  1. How difficult should it be to convict a person of treason under the Constitution?

 

 

  1. What does Article IV, Section 1 mean?

 

 

  1. What does “extradition” mean?

 

 

  1. What are the restrictions listed in Article IV, Sec. 3 on formation of new states from territories of states already in existence.

 

 

  1. Are other forms of governments permitted within the U.S.?

 

 

  1. Under what circumstances does an amendment become legally binding?

 

 

  1. What were the 2 limitations that were placed upon potential amendments to the Constitution?

 

 

  1. According to the Constitution, to whom or to what are all Senators, Representatives, all officers of the United States, and all state legislators required to swear ultimate allegiance?

Week 4 (Due 9/19)

American Government Week 4

Basic American Government

Pg. 27-42

Answer Question

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Ch. 13 & 15

Answer Questions

Read and contemplate Romans 13: 5-7

 

Basic American Government

  1. How is the president elected?

 

  1. What are some of the president’s unique powers?

 

  1. What are the duties of the Supreme Court?

 

  1. What does it mean that the United States government is “mixed”?

 

 

  1. What, in sum, is a republic?

 

 

  1. What apparent contradiction resides in the whole concept of representative government?  .

 

  1. According to Alexander Hamilton, are the state governments supposed to be superior to, equal to, or inferior to the general government in terms of their power?

 

 

  1. Why does Carson say that the phrase “State’s Rights” is a misnomer?

 

  1. According to Carson, what is the major difference between a federal and a confederate system of government?

 

Idiot’s Guide to the U.S. Government

  1. When the framers first debated about the chief executive office, what was their biggest fear?

 

 

  1. Who decides the President’s salary?

 

 

  1. Name the rolls of the President.

 

 

  1. What are the two competing views of how judges should decide the constitutionality of a law or act?

 

 

  1. What is the doctrine of implied powers?

 

  1. What is the doctrine of national supremacy?

 

American Government Due 9/12

American Government Week 3

Basic American Government

The Constitution: Preamble and Art. I, Selections 1-10 (pgs. 534-539)

Answer questions

Current Event

 

Questions for Basic American Government

  1. “We the People of the United States”:   With whom or what does ultimate sovereignty under the United States Constitution supposedly rest?

 

 

 

  1. On what grounds does Carson say the Article 1, Sections 8 & 9 of the Constitution are “the most important parts of the Constitution”?

 

 

  1.  What are the stated purposes for establishing the Constitution?

 

 

 

  1. What does the following quote mean?  “All legislative Powers…shall be vested in a Congress.”

 

 

  1. How often are the representatives supposed to be re apportioned among the states?

 

 

  1. What is the minimum number of people that any one representative may represent?

 

 

 

 

  1. Who is responsible for replacing Representatives if their offices are vacated (due to death etc.…)?

 

 

  1.  Is there any occasion where the Vice Prescient gets to vote in the Senate?

 

 

 

 

 

  1. According to the Constitution as originally written, how often and when must Congress meet?

 

 

 

  1. What happens if the president does not sign a bill?

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What happens if the president vetoes a bill?

 

 

 

 

  1. According to the Constitution, for how long can a financial appropriation be made for an army?

 

 

  1. Why do you think this limit was placed on financing an army?

 

 

 

 

  1. Does the U.S. follow the Constitution on this matter?

 

 

  1. In your opinion, is this a good thing: a) that the U.S. ignores the Constitutional restriction and b) that it has a standing army today?  Why or why not?

 

American Government

American Government Week 2

 

Basic American Government 

Pg. 17-27

Answer attached questions

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Ch. 9-11

Answer attached questions

Read and “contemplate” Romans 13:3-4

Current Event

Be ready to add your “2 cents” in class!!

 

American Government-Week 2

 

Basic American Government 

  1. In your own words, what was Thomas Jefferson trying to say in his letter to his friend?

 

 

 

  1. In your own words, what was George Washington saying in his Farewell Address?

 

 

 

  1. Why did the Founders favor a “government of laws and not of men”?

 

 

  1. For whom is the Constitution supposed to serve as a legal guide?

 

 

  1. What was the Marbury v Madison decision?  Why was it so important?

 

 

  1. What do the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government do?

 

 

 

  1. What is the form of the U. S.  Legislative branch?

 

 

 

  1. When the Constitution was written, what were the requirements for the senator?

 

 

  1. What were the requirements for a Representative?

 

 

  1. Are there any differences between the two houses of congress (the House and the Senate) in terms of what they can do?

 

 

  1. On what grounds does Carson say that Article 1, Sections 8 & (of the Constitution are “the most important parts of the Constitution”?

 

  1. What are the stated purposes for establishing the Constitution?

 

 

  1. What does the following quote mean?  “All legislative Powers…shall be vested in a Congress.”

 

 

  1. How often are the representatives supposed to be re apportioned among the states?

 

  1. What is the minimum number of people that any one representative may represent?

 

 

 

  1. Is there any occasion where the Vice Prescient gets to vote in the Senate?

 

 

 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

  1. How does Congress increase their pay without increasing their salary?

 

  1. Who are the most powerful members of the House of Representatives?

 

 

 

  1. In Chapter 9 they talk about the conflict between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.  Do you see any similarities to our society today?

 

 

  1. Many people today don’t think the Constitution serves the people the way it once did. What do you think about this?  Do you agree or disagree?  Why or why not?