GOVT 2301 Exam 3 Review Fall 2010 The exam will consist of 55 multiple choice questions.

Keep in mind that you will have only 50 minutes to complete it. Therefore, be on time to class²we will start as soon as the clock strikes 11:30. The questions are distributed evenly across the assigned chapters and lectures and include questions based on readings from Readings in American Politics (RAP on the syllabus). To give you some sense of the types of questions I will ask there are examples listed below based on the type of question. In this exam I will focus more on factual question than I have in past exams. Michelle will hold an on-line review session, which you can access via the eLearning chat tab, on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where she will be available to answer questions you have about the material as well as provide you with additional example questions. Below is some summary information on the various party systems in the U.S. and the information about them that I would like you to focus on: First 1790-1830s Associated Politicians Second 1830s-1860 Associated Politicians Third 1860-1896 Associated Politicians Fourth Federalist Mercantilism, tariffs, assumption of Rev. War debts, creation of national bank, resumption oties with England Adams, Hamilton Whigs favored merchants, popular in Northeast None Republicans abolition of slavery, free trade, support primarily in North Lincoln Republicans business interests (particularly corporate and railroad), want minimal gov. reg of business and low taxes; Republicans are dominant Theodore Roosevelt Republicans Jeffersonian-Republicans agrarian interests, free trade, alliance with France Jefferson, Jackson Democrats agrarian interests, popular in South None Democrats maintenance of slave sysem, tariffs to protect agriculture; support mainly in South None Democrats power only in the South and West, favor agrarian interests; minority party status


Associated Politicians Fifth



offer little effective opposition; hold almost no sway in national politics until 1968

New Deal policies to recover from Great Depression (heavy gov. intervention in economy); rely heavily on union members and religious and racial minorities for support Franklin Roosevelt Democrats struggle to hold Southern voters in coalition; favor some continuation of New Deal policies

Associated Politicians Sixth

Republicans split Dem coalition on racial issues; favor fewer rights for political minorities; smaller government and reduced taxation; religious voters added by Reagan Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon

1968-present (?)

Associated Politicians

The above chart is meant only as a guide. I expect you to be familiar with the issue in each party system, regardless of whether I have listed them here or not. Factual

Public opinion
a. sets the standard by which governmental conduct is measured. b. judges the value of public policies. c. measures the virtue of political figures. d. all of the above. Answer: D Applied

The main problem with voting as a form of political participation is a. that citizens cannot communicate very much information by only casting a ballot. b. that the electoral system is rigged to favor the status quo. c. that voting is a form of political participation that requires the most time and commitment. d. all of the above.
Answer: A Conceptual

Which statement is correct? a. National news reporters, as opposed to local reporters with less access, are generally more favorable toward politicians. b. More local news broadcasters than national reporters are usually critical of politicians. c. More local news reporters than national reporters are inclined to give politicians positive coverage.

d. Studies have indicated that in the past decade there is little difference in coverage

provided by both local and national reporters.
Answer: C

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