AP GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
                                                        ESSAY #3
                                                 Due Friday, December 18th

For your third essay you must write a 3-5 page essay that effectively and completely answers one of the prompt.
Please make sure your document is properly formatted to the following: 1 inch margins, size 12 Times New
Roman Font, and is double-spaced. When citing you must use the Chicago Manual of Style which uses
footnotes or endnotes. (Reminder Wikipedia is NOT a valid source!) Please make sure to attach the “Individual
Assignment Acknowledgement” statement and signature to one essay. Failure to do so will also result in a grade
of “0.”

Each essay must have a well thought out introductory paragraph with a solid thesis (ie the question) and a brief
summary of how you will prove your argument; good solid body paragraphs that address all aspects of the
question; and a well written conclusion paragraph that effectively links your examples to your argument. Please
make sure to include transition sentences between paragraphs in order to make your argument flow more

    1. Different interest groups will choose different techniques to achieve their objective based on their
       resources, characteristics, and goals.
           a. Describe each of the following techniques and explain why an interest group would choose each
                     i. Litigation
                    ii. Campaign contributions
                   iii. Grassroots lobbying/mass mobilization
           b. Select one of the following groups and identify the primary technique it uses from the list in
               part (a). Explain why the group you selected would employ that technique over the other two
                     i. American Medical Association (AMA)
                    ii. Sierra Club
                   iii. National Rifle Association (NRA)
                   iv. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    2. The role and influence of the mass media in the political process has greatly expanded in the last fifty
           a. Discuss the role and impact of broadcast and print media in the American political system.
           b. Describe two different ways in which the people and politicians use the media to influence the
               political system.
           c. Explain the influence of media bias on the electoral process.


                                           Individual Assignment Acknowledgement

    I, _______________________________, acknowledge that I performed all of the work on my assignment
    alone. I used my own words on the assignment, and did not work with anyone on the researching or writing
    the assignment. I acknowledge that working with another, passing off another’s work as my own, or letting
    others use my work will result in a grade of a “0” and disciplinary action.


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