Makeup Exam for AP Government & Politics
Directions: Answer each of the following questions thoroughly and follow the prompt in each
question. It is understood that the highest possible grade on this exam is a 75%, assuming that
you answer the following essay questions correctly. You do not need to write out every
question, just number them accordingly.
1. According to the arguments raised in The Debate on the Constitutional Convention, the
Constitutional Convention “charmed the course of the bloodless revolution that created the
government of the United States and the world’s oldest working national charter.”
Using the Federalist Papers and your knowledge of United States politics and government:
(a) Explain how the authors of the Federalists Papers defined the character of the national
(b) Illustrate the Federalist position regarding the creation of one of the branches of
2. Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The Constitution belongs to the living and not to the dead.”
Explain how the Constitution has endured for over 200 years by:
(a) Identifying a constitutional provision that supports Jefferson’s statement and giving two
examples of how the provision had an impact on public policy.
(b) Describing the amending process and identifying a constitutional amendment passed
since 1960 that illustrates the Constitution’s flexibility.
3. Using the following headline and your knowledge of U.S. politics, answer the questions.
Abortion Advocates Call Attacks on Roe v. Wade the Battle for All Mothers
(a) Explain the point of view taken in the headline.
(b) Identify three laws states have passed in response to Roe v. Wade.
(c) How did the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey respond to the point of view taken
by the headlines?
4. The federal government, through executive action, congressional legislation, and Supreme Court
decisions, has pursued an active policy of civil rights for minority groups.
(a) Discuss the validity of the statement.
(b) Using executive orders, congressional acts, or Supreme Court decisions, explain how
civil rights has been either helped or hindered by choosing one of the following