American Government Due 9/2

Basic American Government 

Pg. 17-27

The Complete Idiot’s Guide

Ch. 9-11

Read and “contemplate” Romans 13:3-4

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



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



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



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?