AP Exam Final Review

AP Exam Format
Section Questions Time Allotted Percent of Grade
I. Multiple Choice 60 45 minutes 50
II. Free Response 4 mandatory 1 hour, 40 minutes 50

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And your students can download their own great GoPo Pro Student Review!
And you can head over to my website to get all the lessons from all the units.

This AP Diagnostic will tell you precisely what content the AP exam will cover

Top ten review ideas for AP Exam
  1. Take old US multiple choice exams and go over the answers. Here are some practice questions and here is a link to tell you what chapters from our textbook will be on the exam.
  2. Take old US free response exams and go over the answers. Here is a review of every FRQ since 2001.
  3. Make flash cards of the most important politics terms. Here is a link to on-line GoPo flashcards.
  4. Go over old tests, review sheets, class notes and texts. Use this phenomenal AP review website.
  5. Make a list/chart/graphic organizer of all the specific constitutional powers of the branches of government
  6. Work in review groups
  7. Make your own Jeopardy game and play it. Here's my Institutions of Government Jeopardy and here is my chapter 1-8 jeopardy.
  8. Practice good test taking skills: Come to the test rested and relaxed, take your time on the test, answer all questions on the multiple choice section, build a rubric for your FRQs and write specific and factual answers
  9. Make a list of the top ten Supreme Court cases you should know for the test and then compare your list to my list of the Top Ten Supreme Court Cases.
  10. Make a list of the top ten Constitutional Amendments and US Public Policy Acts and then compare your list to my list of the Top Ten Amendments and Public Policy
Our Exam is on the morning of Tuesday, May 10 at 8:00 am. Good luck studying. Here are some AP Exam Day suggestions.
Here is my official FRQ review.
Here's a list of all the most recent FRQs divided up by content area.

Online Test Help

Here's a great little resource with interactive tests on every chapter
Here is a good web resource to review the information from our textbook and here is another web review resource from another book.
Here is the actual 1999 AP released exam
Here's a sample of 25 AP exam questions (scroll to page 12)
Here's a good practice quiz from SHMOOP
And then this page has a link to just about anything you might need to practice for the AP exam

AP Government + Politics AP Exam Content

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AP GoPo Exam study list (in order of importance)
Approximately half of the test questions will come from numbers 1-6.
1. Powers of Congress
2. Powers of Presidency
3. Powers of Supreme Court
4. Powers of Bureaucracy
5. Relationship between institutions
6. Relationship between institutions and voters, media, PACs & parties

7. Federalism & Separation of Powers
8. Political parties and elections
9. Interest groups
10. Mass media
11. Political beliefs & Socialization
12. Public opinion and voting
13. Civil Rights and liberties
14. Constitutional adoption and formulation
15. Making public policy

There are six different units we studied about the US government.
1. Constitutional Principles

2. Rights and Liberties
3. Political Beliefs
4. The Political Process
5. Policy Making Institutions
6. Politics of National Policy

Do the following for each of these units
      • Write five jeopardy questions and answers
      • Write one free response questions and rubric
      • Write two multiple choice questions with all five possible answers
      • List and explain 8 terms or facts that are essential to know for the exam
Random Questions
  1. How did the Miller v California case (1973) define Obscenity?
  2. What supreme court case incorporated the rights of the first amendment to all states?
  3. What are the three parts of the Lemon Test?
  4. What is a legislative act inflicting punishment without a trial?
  5. What case and what Chief Supreme Court justice began the idea of Judicial Review?
  6. List five examples of powers specifically granted to the government by the Constitution?
  7. What is the name of powers given to both the national and state governments? What do we call these powers?
  8. How many votes does it take to override a filibuster and what is this vote called?
  9. What group reconciles bills from the House and the Senate?
  10. How can the House pry a bill from committee & bring it to floor consideration?
  11. Bureaucrats are part of what branch of government?
  12. Who does the Constitution give the power to set up the US federal Courts?
  13. What are three ways the congress can exercise control over the bureaucracy?
  14. What are the main differences between the old Hatch Act of 1939 and the new Hatch Act of 1993?
  15. What demographic group is the most likely and least likely to vote?
  16. How has the media affected campaigns and elections?
  17. What have been the main realigning elections and what causes them?

1-The concept of iron triangles, also referred to as sub-governments, is used to explain how various interests influence public policy. Applying this concept to agriculture, briefly identify the key players in the iron triangle, analyze how they interact to achieve policy goals, and evaluate the impact of this iron triangle on the democratic process.

2-The contention that American political parties have been in decline since 1960 is challenged
by some scholars who suggest instead that parties are resurgent. Which position do you take? Summarize the arguments that support your position & provide evidence to support your analysis.

3- Discuss whether changes in the roles and responsibilities of the White House staff have led to greater presidential accountability and effectiveness. Support your argument with examples from two presidencies since 1961, making sure to define both presidential “accountability” and effectiveness.”

4-Have changes in the formal presidential nomination procedures since the mid-1960’s made the process more democratic? In your response, support your argument by describing three specific changes in the procedures and discussing their effects.

5-Analyze whether federalism, over the last twenty-five years, has changed due to the increase in federal mandates on state and local governments. In your essay, identify one federal mandate and discuss each of the following with respect to the mandate you have identified.
a. The objectives of the federal government in enacting the mandate
b. The impact on state and local government budget priorities as a result of the mandate
c. The potential consequences of the removal of the mandate

Generalizing from your discussion in (a), (b),and (c), assess the impact of increased federal mandates on federalism.

6-Elections in the United States are characterized by low voter turnout. Discuss TWO demographic characteristics associated with nonvoting and THREE institutional obstacles associated with nonvoting.

7-Explain some of the main factors that have lead to an increase in presidential powers?
Identify three acts of the current administration that illustrate an expanding presidency.

8-Trust and confidence in government have declined in recent decades.
a)Explain how divided government has contributed to this trend.
b)Explain how the increased cost of election campaigns has contributed to this trend.
c)Explain two specific consequences of the decline in trust and confidence in government for individual political behavior.

Last chance
List and define the ten most important terms that you anticipate will be on the exam.