Directions: This is your midterm examination covering chapters 1-5. Please answer all questions by typing your responses onto the test under each prompt or by turning it in via file attachment (word or pdf only.) Your primary reference must be the book American Government and Politics Today. You can use outside sources but it must be in specific reference to something mentioned in the book. Your outside source must provide further explanation and be relevant to your primary reference. Outside sources must be cited. You must avoid all appearances of plagiarism. Part I: Please answer all questions. 5 points each. These responses should take between a paragraph to a half-page EACH. 1. Please define political socialization and give an example. 2. Explain the formal process of changing the constitution 3. Explain incorporation 4. What are the differences between civil liberties and civil rights? Part II: Please answer all questions. 10 points each. These responses should take between a half page to a page each. 5. Explain the political spectrum with locations and definitions of liberal, conservative, and progressive and retrogressive, and status quo. Why don’t we include political parties in the spectrum? 6. Explain the tension between the supremacy clause (Article VI) and the 10th amendment. What are police powers? How is the supremacy clause and the 10th amendment used in cases involving federalism? Part III: Please answer all questions. 20 points. Each response should take at least one page. 7. How is the interstate commerce clause (Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 3) interpreted in Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) and U.S. v. Lopez (1995). How does it set guidelines for future Supreme Court decisions? 8. Please explain the constitutional due process interpretation in Roe v. Wade (1973). What does due process mean and where is it found in the Constitution? Why is Roe v. Wade so important? 9. Explain the constitutional issues present in US v Bakke (1978). How is ‘sole factor’ defined?
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