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AP Government Exam Review

Format


% of Grade Number of Questions Time Allotted
Section I 50 60 Multiple Choice 45 minutes
Section II 50 4 Mandatory Essays 1 hour, 40 minutes

 

What To Study

The Constitution

The Federalist Number 10

The Federalist Number 51

AP Questions 1988 - 2005

Practice Exam

AP Central Web Site

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Acorn Book - This provides all the information about the AP exam.

Review the terms and links listed under the title of each chapter on this page.  Use your textbook or the Government Glossary to look up any terms or concepts you do not know.

Course Outline/Table of Contents

I. Constitutional Underpinnings of United States Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515%

A. Considerations that influenced the formulation and adoption of the Constitution

B. Separation of powers

C. Checks and balances

D. Federalism

E. Theories of democratic government

II. Political Beliefs and Behaviors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1020%

A. Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders

B. Processes by which citizens learn about politics

C. The nature, sources, and consequences of public opinion

D. The ways in which citizens vote and otherwise participate in political life

E. Factors that influence citizens to differ from one another in terms of political beliefs and behaviors

III. Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1020%

A. Political parties and elections

1. Functions

2. Organization

3. Development

4. Effects on the political process

5. Electoral laws and systems

B. Interest groups, including political action committees (PACs)

1. The range of interests represented

2. The activities of interest groups

3. The effects of interest groups on the political process

4. The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process

C. The mass media

1. The functions and structures of the news media

2. The impacts of the news media on politics

3. The news media industry and its consequences

IV. Institutions of National Government: The Congress, the Presidency, the Bureaucracy, and the Federal Courts . . . . . . . . . . .3545%

A. The major formal and informal institutional arrangements of power

B. Relationships among these four institutions and varying balances of power

C. Linkages between institutions and the following:

1. Public opinion and voters

2. Interest groups

3. Political parties

4. The media

5. State and local governments

V. Public Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515%

A. Policymaking in a federal system

B. The formation of policy agendas

C. The role of institutions in the enactment of policy

D. The role of the bureaucracy and the courts in policy implementation and interpretation

E. Linkages between policy processes and the following:

1. Political institutions and federalism

2. Political parties

3. Interest groups

4. Public opinion

5. Elections

6. Policy networks

VI. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 515%

A. The development of civil liberties and civil rights by judicial interpretation

B. Knowledge of substantive rights and liberties

C. The impact of the Fourteenth Amendment on the constitutional development of rights and liberties

 

Constitutional Underpinnings (5-15%)

Chapter One-The Political Landscape            

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Two-The Constitution

Outline

PowerPoint

Notes From Woll Readings - Constitutional Government

Table of Contents

Chapter Three-Federalism

Outline

PowerPoint

Notes From Woll Readings - Federalism

Table of Contents

Political Beliefs and Behaviors (10-20%)

Chapter Eleven-Political Socialization and Public Opinion

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Thirteen-Voting and Elections

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Fourteen-The Campaign Process

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Political Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Media (10-20%)

Chapter Twelve-Political Parties

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Fifteen-The Media

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Sixteen-Interest Groups

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Institutions of Government (35-45%)

Chapter Seven-Congress

Outline

PowerPoint 

Table of Contents

Chapter Eight-The Presidency

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Nine-The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Ten-The Judiciary

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Public Policy (5-15%)

Chapter Seventeen-Social Welfare Policy

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Eighteen-Economic Policy

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Nineteen-Foreign and Defense Policy

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (5-15%)

Chapter Five-Civil Liberties

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Chapter Six-Civil Rights

Outline

PowerPoint

Table of Contents

Precedents Set By Court Cases

Expansion of National Power

Marbury v. Madison

McCulloch v. Maryland

Application of Bill of Rights to the States

Barron v. Baltimore

Gitlow v. New York

Gideon v. Wainwright

Civil Rights

Plessy v. Ferguson

Brown v. Board of Education

Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg

Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Richmond v. Croson

Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States

Shaw v. Reno

Hopwood v. Texas

First Amendment

Everson v. Board of Education

Engel v. Vitale

Lemon v. Kurtzman

Employment Division v. Smith

Schenck v. U.S.

New York Times v. Sullivan

Miller v. California

Texas v. Johnson

Hustler Magazine v. Falwell

Buckley v. Valeo

Life, Liberty, and Property

Roe v. Wade

Terry v. Ohio

Mapp v. Ohio

Miranda v. Arizona

Campaign Finance

Buckley v. Valeo

 

Various Supreme Court Tests

The Establishment Clause

Lemon Test

Endorsement Test

Nonpreferentialist Test

The Free Exercise Clause

Compelling Interest Test

Freedom of Speech

Bad Tendency Doctrine

Clear and Present Danger Doctrine

Preferred Position Doctrine

Prior Restraint

Vagueness

Least Drastic Means

Content and Viewpoint Neutrality

Commercial Speech

Obscenity Test

Equal Protection

Rational Basis Test

Heightened Scrutiny Test

Strict Scrutiny Test

Abortion

Undue Burden Test

 

Web Sites Used in This Review and More

This Nation Web Site

Government Glossary

 

             

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