Friday, October 14, 2011

Exam Review Part 3: Review Questions

Choose 5 of the following questions to complete for homework tonight.

  1. Justify or refute the following statement: “A liberal government is better for poor Americans than a conservative government.”
  2. Compare and contrast the state of nature according to Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Include an explanation of why each man thought a person would leave the state of nature. Finally, explain which philosopher you agree with and why.
  3. Define “political ideology.” Then, choose one of the ideologies discussed in the book. Describe the ideology, then explain whether or not you agree with it and why.
  4.  Evaluate the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Explain whether or not you believe it provides a satisfactory “mission statement” for the U.S. Include specific phrases in your response.
  5. Argue for or against the following statement: "Anti-federalists were the true federalists." Support your response with information from the text and class discussion.
  6. Argue for or against this statement: “If Alexander Hamilton were alive today, he would be a member of the Tea Party branch of the Republican party.” Support your response with information from the text and class discussion.
  7.  Evaluate the failures of the Articles of Confederation. Explain why the founders felt that they needed to create a new government.
  8. Consider the Constitution. Is it intended for everyday use, or is it simply a symbolic document? Support your response.
  9. Compare and contrast Republicanism and Democracy.
  10. Examine the following statement by the Greek politician Perikles: "We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all."

    Which one of the philosophers discussed in class would most agree with this statement? Explain your response.

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