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)
Study Questions 181-185
- When was the “era of constitution making” in American history?
- What were some of the historical documents that laid the foundation for the American colonists to write a constitution?
- How and why did the Declaration of Independence come to be written
- What are the 3 main sections to the Declaration?
- 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?
- What came first: the states or the United States?
- 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?
- What are some of the common characteristics of virtually all the state governments in the U.?
- 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?
- 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?
- What means have been used in the past to differentiate governmental leaders at the state level?
- Do you agree or disagree with the statement, “all power is vested (belongs to) in and consequently derived from the people.”?
- What assumptions have gone into the 16th clause of the Bill of Rights?
- Do you find these assumptions offensive? Why or why not?
- 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
- What is government?
- What is politics?
- According to Basic American Government, what type of government do all countries have a tendency to move towards?
- Why did the Founders favor a government of “laws and not men”?
- List the three branches of government and list what each of their “roles” is.
- With whom or what does ultimate sovereignty under the United States Constitution supposedly rest?
- What are electors?
- How many Electors does each state have?
- 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?
- For how long are justices of the United States courts permitted to fulfill their judicial duties?
If the government of the United States is not a democracy, what is it?