Study Guide for Exam 1
Note that this is only a GUIDE and is not a comprehensive report of all
that will be on your test! I reserve the right to test you on anything that has been
covered in the classroom, book, or in the outside readings up to the test date.
Begin by studying the terms
located under “Key Terms and Concepts” at the
end of each chapter (pp. 24, 51, 74).
Don’t just memorize the definitions! Know
how to use the terms, too.
There are discussion questions on these pages
(or their following page) as
well. Be able to answer these questions.
Other terms include:
- Most fundamental function; laws,
executive orders, constitution.
Recipe for how society
works, rights and responsibilities of citizens
-enforcement of rules
- interpreting the rules in individual
Applies vague laws to individual cases.
Usually separate from system that creates rules
system of communication
- newspapers, television,
posting of laws.
Needs to be consistent
system to recruit leaders
- elections, parties,
Provides social and political stability
system to extract resources
- money, labor, people,
What are the stakes of politics?
1) Allocation of Recources [voluntary or
2) Human Rights [non-economic political areas,
women’s rights, civil rights, immigration,
3) Physical Environment
4) Public Services [trash pickup, national
defense, social security, etc.]
5) War and Peace [always choices for war or
peace, in most nations the initial decision for
war is made by executive, “war is a political
What are negative rights?
Human’s rights areas where government should keep
hands off, can’t stop the citizen from doing something (i.e. right to bear arms.)
Human’s rights areas where government must take action to
protect the rights