Am Govt Homework 1 Answers - Student Six

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AranM U.S. Government 09/12/12

1. Why is it important to participate in politics?

a) It is important to participate in politics, as a single vote can make a difference in the path of a country. Such was the case with the 2008 Minnesota Senate elections where Al Franken won by only 312 votes.

b) If you know what direction you would like your community, state, or country to go, there is no better way get it there, than to lead it.

Superb answer, one of the best in the class.

2. Briefly describe (in only a few words) the first three Articles of the U.S. Constitution, and explain which of these establishes the authority for the Executive branch. How many sections does this Article have?

Article one grants power to the legislative branch, which is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Article two grants power to the executive branch and has four sections. Article three outlines the duties of the judicial branch.


3. Which part of the U.S. Constitution establishes that only a natural born citizen may become president of the United States?

(c ) Article II, Section 1, Clause 5: No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.


4. Please identify a portion of the acceptance speeches of Mitt Romney or Barack Obama that was designed to improve their poll numbers with a particular demographic group (e.g., women, Hispanics, the elderly, independent voters, etc.)?

5. If a police officer pulls over a car on the New Jersey Turnpike, which part of government does that police office likely work for? Explain your answer, and include one or two other examples of government workers and which government they work for.

He most likely belongs to the executive branch of the state government, or a local police department. The U.S. army ranger works for the executive branch. The speaker of the house works for the legislative branch. A justice of a district court works for the judicial branch.

Police on the NJ Turnpike work for the state, because it is a state highway. Local police officers could not patrol the Turnpike well. (-1) Otherwise your answer is good.

6. Do you think the presidential election this year is more like 1980, or more like 1948, and why?

Should have answered two of the questions 4-6. (-10)

Extra credit (complete any 2 out of 4):

7. Explain what gerrymandering is.

Gerrymandering is the redrawing of congressional districts, to place the majority voters of one political party together, so as to create an unbeatable incumbent.

Good explanation, but slightly incomplete. See the better explanation in the next lecture.

8. Can you think of specific reasons why poll numbers for the same candidates vary depending on who conducted the poll?

9. How does the study of politics differ from history? Explain your answer, with an example.

10. Which part of the Republican Party Platform of 2012 do you like best?

I like the sanctity of human life statement in the platform. I hope that the republicans regain all three branches of the federal government, because many of the ideas in the platform would benefit the country greatly, from a moral, economic, and international standpoint.

Total score: 59/70. Good answers but you seemed to misunderstand the instructions about how many questions to answer.--Andy Schlafly 20:41, 13 September 2012 (EDT)