American Government Wk 4

American Government Week 4

Basic American Government

Read Pages 27-42

Answer Questions

Idiot’s Guide

Read chapters 13 & 15

Answer Questions

Basic American Government

  1.  How is the president elected?   
  •  What are some of the president’s unique powers?
  •  What are the duties of the Supreme Court? 
  •  What does it mean that the United States government is “mixed”?
  •  What, in sum, is a republic?  . 
  •  What apparent contradiction resides in the whole concept of representative government? 
  •  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? 
  •  Why does Carson say that the phrase “State’s Rights” is a misnomer? 
  •  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? 
  •  Who decides the President’s salary? 
  • Name the different rolls of the President
  • What are the two competing views of how judges should decide the constitutionality of a law or act? 
  •  What is the doctrine of implied powers?
  •  What is the doctrine of national supremacy?

American Government

American Government Week 3

Basic American Government

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

Answer questions

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Questions for Basic American Government

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

What are the stated purposes for establishing the Constitution?


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


How often are the representatives supposed to be reapportioned among the states?

 What is the minimum number of people that anyone representative may represent?

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


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


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


What happens if the president does not sign a bill?


What happens if the president vetoes a bill?


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


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


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


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 

P. 17-27

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Ch. 9-11

Read and “contemplate” Romans 13:3-4

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What were the requirements for a Representative?

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

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

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

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

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

4. 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?