Unit Two Test Review

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o Political Culture (chapter 4)
o Political Landscape and Political Landscape Part ii (chapter 5)
And, as always, these tests are cumulative so there will be questions from previous tests.

35-50 multiple choice. 1 free response.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Holla. WH@@T!!!!!!!
Anything we have covered in class, is on the wiki, or is in the textbook is fair game for the test. For example, make sure you have watched
The Moral Mind, have read The Political Brain.

To prepare for the test you should reread the chapters, define all the key terms at the end of the chapters, take the chapter self-tests at the end of each chapter, take the chapter 4 and 5 tests at the end of the book, look over class notes, read any handouts or readings, confer with your classmates, watch any videos and view any links on the wiki, laugh a little, cry a little, sacrifice animals to appease the godz, practice your ninja skillz, and study the following.

  1. List four dimensions of diversity in the American population.
  2. In a short essay, compare and contrast the major beliefs of liberalism and conservatism. Consider each ideology's approach to moral, economic, and national defense issues. How are they alike? How are the different? Which is more effective in today's world?
  3. What role do educational opportunity, economic wealth, and religious freedom play in achieving the American Dream>
  4. What is the difference between cross-cutting cleavages and reinforcing cleavages?
  5. How does the idea of manifest destiny continue to influence American politics today?
  6. Describe the average American today.
  7. Describe the average American in 2050.
  8. Explain what politics in the US will be like in 2050.
  9. Will changes in our country make the US more democratic, or less?
  10. What effect does immigration (legal or illegal) have on American political system?
  11. What effect will technology have on political socialization and political culture?
  12. Where does a pirate like to eat lunch?
  13. Rank and describe the three main reasons social capital is declining.
  14. List some ways the US could increase social capital.
  15. Describe how technology affects social capital.
  16. Is ethnocentrism the same things as racism?
  17. Describe the way population growth is changing American electoral politics.
  18. Explain the effects of low social capital on our political system.
  19. Explain the connection between trust and democracy.
  20. List and describe 7 different demographic categories in the US.
  21. Studies show that, after we control for socioeconomic status, many apparent racial divisions disappear. Explain how race and SES are related.
  22. How does diversity affect social capital?
  23. Describe 3 current demographic trends in the US.
  24. Explain the way you think the US is most divided.

Identify the following
  1. political culture
  2. suffrage
  3. Social capital
  4. natural rights
  5. democratic consensus
  6. majority rule
  7. popular sovereignty
  8. nationalism
  9. American Dream
  10. capitalism
  11. WH@@T!
  12. political ideology
  13. liberalism
  14. conservatism
  15. socialism
  16. libertarianism
  17. anarchism
  18. ethnocentrism
  19. General Tso’s Chicken
  20. political socialization
  21. demography
  22. political predisposition
  23. reinforcing cleavages
  24. cross-cutting cleavages
  25. manifest destiny
  26. destiny's child
  27. manchild festivity
  28. race
  29. speed racer
  30. ethnicity
  31. fundamentalists
  32. gender gap
  33. gross domestic product (GDP)
  34. socioeconomic status (SES)
Identify each of the following beliefs as either Conservative or Liberal:
  • Belief that government can bring about equality of opportunity
  • belief that some government intervention is necessary to remedy the defects of capitalism
  • Pessimistic view of human nature.
  • Preference for greater environmental protection
  • Belief in keeping government small, especially the national government
  • Preference for business
  • Preference for individual choice in moral issues such as same-gender marriage and abortion
  • Belief that the primary task of government is to ensure order.

Although none of these will be on the test, these questions will help you understand the big picture that is necessary to make you feel like a natural woman or man.

  1. Define what scholars mean by political culture, and list some of the dominant aspects of political culture in the United States.

  2. Discuss how U.S. citizens compare with those of other countries in their political attitudes.

  3. List the contributions to U.S. political culture made by the Revolution, by the nation's religious heritages, and by the family. Explain the apparent absence of class consciousness in this country.

  4. Explain why some observers are quite concerned about the growth of mistrust in government and why others regard this mistrust as normal and healthy.

  5. Define internal and external feelings of political efficacy, and explain how the level of each of these has varied over the past generation.

  6. Explain why a certain level of political tolerance is necessary in the conduct of democratic politics, and review the evidence that indicates just how much political tolerance exists in this country. Agree or disagree with the text's conclusion that no group is truly free of political intolerance.
  7. Describe how conservatives and liberals differ on ideas about education, the military and welfare, and analyze the roots of their political sentiments.
  8. Describe+ analyze some of the most central American political values and their sources in political socialization.
  9. Describe political diversity in the US and analyze its impact on the political process today.
  10. Is Radiohead really better than Arcade Fire?
  11. Describe and analyze Mr. Milner’s fashion sense and its effect on 20th century geopolitical stability.
  12. Discuss the causes of the decline of social capital in the late 20th century.
  13. Explain how demographics (race, class, religion, age) are connected to voting patterns.
  14. Are you a crip or a blood? Explain.

BRAINSTORM → List the top 4 terms you think you should study for the exam.

ORACULAR PRESTIDIGITATION → Write 4 questions that you think could be on the test.


Here is a link to an online study guide for chapters 4 and 5
Here is a really good practice test for chapter 4
Here is a practice quiz you can take on chapter 4
Here is a practice quiz you can take on chapter 5
Here are some online flashcards to study for chapter 5

This is a powerpoint on political culture from a different textbook than ours, but the ideas are similar and important

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