Bellringer_000 by stariya


									Bell ringer:
Government – What would life be
without government? Describe what you
think society would be like without a

Day 2- Look at page 11. Interpret John
Locke’s political ideas about
government. Why does he say people
form governments?

Day 3- What types of governments exist
outside the United States. How are they
different than our government?

Day 4- What is the difference between a
oligarchy and a autocracy? What type of
government are these an example of?
Day 5- What types of confederations
have existed in the history of the United
States? How would you describe a

Day 6- What are the five basic concepts
of democracy?

Day 7- How is the Force Theory
different from the Social Contract

Day 8- How is the Evolutionary Theory
different from the Divine Right

Day 9- What do you think is the most
important democratic concept and why?
Day 10- What Theory do you most agree
with for the origin of the state? Why?


Day 11- Why do you think compromise
is essential to our democracy?

Day 12- What might be said about the
law of supply and demand if the price of
gas has gone up recently?

Day 13- Look at the Chart on page 29.
What rights are found in both the United
States Bill of Rights and also can be
found in the English Bill of Rights?

Day 14- What documents helped shape
our United States Constitution and Bill
of Rights?
Day 15- Who is credited with writing the
Declaration of Independence? Who was
assigned to write it?

Day 16- Argue whether or not our
current political documents would have
been able to be written and last as long
as they have if they were not based on
past political documents that we have

Day 17- What term that we have talked
about in class is reflected in the quote
“The government is us, We are the
government, you and I.”- Theodore

Day 18- Describe how the Framers used
our past documents to give Americans
certain liberties that they enjoy today.
Day 19- Interpret the following and give
the idea being put forward that would
keep the government from taking too
much power from citizens. “Liberty
cannot be persevered without a general
knowledge among the people.” – John

Day 20- When, where and what was the
significance of the Constitutional

Day 21- How was the Federalist’s
opinion on the Constitution different
than that of the Anti-Federalists?
Day 22- Describe one of the six basic
principles of the Constitution and write
your half page summary of the
Federalist Papers you were supposed to
read for homework last night.

Day 23- What are the first ten
amendments called? Describe your
opinion on gun control/ gun ownership.

Day 24- When the second amendment
was originally written it was intended to
assure the states that the New National
Government created by the Constitution
would never have the power to disarm
any, or all, of the states’ militias. How
has it been applied differently and why
do you think this different interpretation
of what it means occurred?
Day 25- Make a list of ten
rights/freedoms you think you would
want in America. What are written
changes to the Constitution called?

Day 26- Decide whether you are for or
against the death penalty. Explain why
you feel that way.

Day 27- What Amendment would you
propose to Congress?

Day 28- What Amendment do you
appreciate having the most because of
the freedoms or rights that it gives you?

Day 29- What can be said about the 21st
Amendment and how it affected the 18th
Day 30- What method is most commonly
used to add Amendments to the
Hint: It is in Chapter 3 Sect. 2

Day 31- Who is the current governor of
Missouri? Apply what qualifications he
might need to take the position.

Day 32- What would you put in a
newspaper for the job description of
Governor? What about Attorney

Day 33- What year was our current
Missouri Constitution adopted? Explain
the job the Sect. of State does for
Day 34- What are the six principles of
the Constitution?

Day 35- What happened in 1820 and
what was its significance in 1821?

Day 36- Who is our current governor and
what political party does he belong to?
Day 37- Learning about the U.S.
State Populations Chart

New York:        23,507,783
Florida:         18,089,880
Michigan:        10,095,643
Missouri:        5,842,713

According to the chart, which state has the largest
delegation in the United
States House of Representatives?
A. Missouri
B. Florida
C. Michigan
D. New York

Day 38- What house of Congress has more members?
How many members are in each house of Congress?
Day 39- What is the job of Congress?
How many Congressional Districts does
Missouri have in the United States

Day 40- Complete Survey!!

Day 41- What is the difference between
expressed and implied powers of

Day 42- What type of power is the power
to tax in Congress?

Day 43- When a bill goes through
Congress what are the steps the bill must
go through in order to be passed into
law? Look in Chapter 12.
Day 44- Congress is prohibited from
establishing an official religion by the
  A) 1st Amendment
  B) 2nd Amendment
  C) 3rd Amendment
  D) 4th Amendment

Day 45- The Constitution represented the
 A) Rejection of weaknesses of the
    Articles of Confederation
 B) First Attempt at Self Government in
    the U.S.
 C) Acceptance of British rule in the
 D) The acceptance of the Articles of
Day 46- Which of these circumstances illustrates
the danger of majority rule?
  A) A law is ruled unconstitutional by a judge
  B) A law is used to oppress a group of people
  C) A petition is signed by many people.
  D) A prisoner is wrongly let out of prison

Day 47- The United States has a government
system based on power divided between a
national government and each state government.
Based on this information, what type of
government system does the United States have?
  A) Capitalism
  B) Communism
  C) Federalism
  D) Totalitarianism

Day 48- Which executive action best
demonstrates a check on legislative branch
 A) The Senate rejects a Supreme Court
 B) The Supreme Court overturns a
    presidential pardon
 C) The President vetoes a bill passed by
 D) The Speaker of the House consults with
    the Vice President

Day 49- Turn in Bell ringers and STUDY!!!

Day 50- What can you infer about the
Democratic vote in the Western states between
the 2004 and 2008 election?

Day 51- What do you like and dislike
about the Electoral College system?

Day 52- What is the name for the various
principles, stances on major political
issues and ideas that a party stands for in
an election?
Day 53- Look at an Electoral Map of the
President you chose. Describe in your
own words whether the race was easily
won, won by a landslide victory or was
close. Write down the Electoral College
votes and also include them in your
President’s Face book profile page.

Day 54- What did the 22nd Amendment
do to check the power of the President?
 A) Limited the President from gaining
     too much power and influence by
     running for more than two term.
 B) It created separate ballots for the
     President and Vice President.
 C) It gave the President veto power
 D) It stated that the President and Vice
     President are elected by the
     Electoral College.
Day 55- What powers does the President
have besides the power to veto? Gerald
Ford exercised one of these powers with
President Nixon.

Day 56-   Which headline best illustrates an
example of checks and balances?

A. “President to Seek Second Term”
B. “House Passes Tax Legislation”
C. “Senate Confirms New Chief Justice”
D. “Supreme Court Rejects Case”

Day 57- Name and describe one Supreme Court Case
that is considered a Landmark Supreme Court Case.

Day 58- The Supreme Court Case of Marbury versus
Madison is significant because it established Judicial
Review. What was the significance of the Dred Scott
v Sanford court case?

Day 59- What was the significance of Miranda v.
Arizona Supreme Court Case?
Day 60- What was the significance of the Plessy v
Ferguson case and what did the Brown v. Topeka
Board of Education case do that changed what the
government thought about segregation?

Day 61- What was the significance of the McCulloch
v Maryland case?

Day 62- What court case established judicial review?

Day 63- Why are all the court cases we studied worth
studying? What principles have we learned about
apply to the cases we studied?

Day 64- Turn in Bell ringers and Study

Day 65- What role do political parties play in
influencing how government works?

Day 66- What are some of the functions of political

Day 67- Provide an example of an interest group.
What does an interest group represent and what do
they try to do in regards to politics?
Day 68- What does PACs stand for and what do they

Day 69- What role do lobbyists play in our
government? Explain with some insights as to who
they represent and what they do.

Day 70- What might labor unions do to try and
influence government?

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