What was the significance of Shays’ Rebellion? How did it change American government?
What were the major problems of the Articles of Confederation & why did they cause trouble?
List the 6 goals of the Preamble (p. 64) + how did each address Articles of Confederation problems?
Chapter 3, Sec. 1: Creating the U.S. Constitution & Compromise
Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia
Slave Trade Compromise
Electoral College compromise
The Federalist (or the Federalist Papers)
ratification + Bill of Rights
Why is compromise necessary in a democracy? How did compromise help create a new government?
How did the U.S. Constitution make a better government than the Articles of Confederation? Who has the power in a confederation gov? Who has the power in a supreme federal gov (supremacy clause)?
What are the rights contained in Amendment #1? Amendment #2? Bill of Rights–which amendments?
Chapter 3, Secs. 2-4: Principles of the U.S. Constitution
Bill of Rights
judicial + explain “unconstitutional”
separation of powers
checks & balances
elastic clause (= necessary & proper clause)
implied powers vs. expressed powers
Why + how was the U.S. Constitution designed with principles to limit the power of government?
Which branch has the power – make bills, veto laws, nullify laws? Carry out the law? Interpret laws?
Chapter 6: Parties & Politics
Democratic vs. Republican beliefs
platform vs. plank
majority vs. plurality
Which party, Dem or Repub: donkey vs. elephant? red state vs. blue state? liberal vs. conservative?
Chapter 7-8: Elections & Voting, Propaganda & Interest Groups
primary (open vs. closed)
popular vote vs. electoral vote
Has a third party ever won the presidency? How do third parties affect elections and government?
Chapter 9: Legislative Branch
Great Compromise (CT Compromise)
term of Congress = 2 years vs. session of Congress
speaker of the house
majority leader, minority leader
president pro tempore