AP US Government Review: Final Exam, Semester 1
1. Define authority, power and legitimacy.
2. Compare the philosophies of John Locke and Max Weber.
3. What are the goals listed in the Preamble to the Constitution?
4. What are the differences in conservative ideology and liberal ideology?
5. Define plurality vs. majority and explain their significance in elections.
6. What factors have led to weakness in national political parties?
7. What are the differences between presidential and congressional campaigns? (competition, fundraising)
8. What is realignment and dealignment?
9. What did the Declaration of Independence primarily address?
10. How did James Madison feel about a strong government?
11. Why was Federalism developed by the framers?
12. What has been the attraction of grants-in-aid?
13. How do men and women differ in their support of candidates?
14. How do American voting habits compare with Europeans?
15. How are schooling and political participation linked?
16. How did the Founders feel about political parties?
17. How do most independents vote?
18. What has been the long term effect of the 1974 Campaign Reform Law?
19. What is the AARP and what does it do?
20. When do public interest lobbies tend to thrive the most?
21. Which covers more politicians, television or newspapers?
22. What must be shown in order to sue a newspaper for printing false and damaging information about
23. Define “Democracy” as the textbook uses it.
24. What is Representative Democracy?
25. How did the Framers differ in their support of the Constitution?
26. What was the purpose of the Constitutional Convention?
27. According to the Framers, what is the chief source of opinion in most matters?
28. How does welfare distribution compare across state lines?
29. In a federalist system, where do many tensions come from?
30. What would have been the result of Reagan’s 1981 proposal to clearly sort out national vs. state
31. Federal powers not specifically mentioned in the Constitution are implied under which clause?
32. What does “equality of results” mean with respect to economic quality in America vs. Sweden?
33. How does class consciousness affect America?
34. Define the types of political efficacy.
35. What is important to Americans: political or economic equality (or both)?
36. How does family influence party identification?
37. What changes have occurred in the occupational structure in the past few decades?
38. What impact did the Australian ballot have on the American voter?
39. What are the forms of political participation by citizens, and how do they rank in terms of number of
40. What has been the impact of same-day voter registration?
41. How do the number of elected offices in the US compare with Europe?
42. Why was George Washington so opposed to political parties?
43. Which major party of Northerners opposed the Civil War?
44. What campaign activity other than the internet is the fastest growing arena?
45. What type of candidates do PACs give most of their money to?
46. Based strictly on party identification, which party would always win the Presidency?
47. How does party strength or weakness impact the activity of interest groups?
48. How does an interest group determine its political position?
49. How do farmers manipulate congress these days?
50. What is the best measure of an interest group’s ability to influence legislators?
51. What are some examples of conflicts of interest between business and government?
52. What are the most significant legal constraints on interest groups?