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Unformatted text preview: Department of Political Science N. Jacobson University of California, Berkeley Summer, 2000 Political Science 1 13X American Political Theory Final Examination ‘ Please answer any Two questions, for a total of no more than six typed double-spaced pages. *Note: If you should choose question 1, answer it alone, for 6 pages @ *If you were forced to choose % political thinker or actor encountered this term who contributed most to your understanding of American politics, who would it be? Why? Which single thinker or actor best expresses how you would wish American politics to be? Why? 2. Who among the thinkers of the Revolutionary Period most closely exemplifies the §pi_ri_’_t of John Winthrop and Jonathan Edwards? How can fly revolutionary resemble such “conservative” thinkers? 3. “The Declaration of Independence was first and foremost a call to revolutionary arms. The US. Constitution was an appeal for political order to constrain possible actions stemming from the very rhetoric of the Declaration.” Do you agree? Discuss. 4. Imagine yourself Tom Paine, and address some of the major assumptions and/or conclusions of the writers of The Fedarilist.‘ 5. Jefferson’s derogation of the Negro “constituted, for all its qualifications, the most extensive, and extreme formulation of anti-Negro “thought” offered by any American in the thirty years after the Revolution. . .Yet Thomas Jefferson left to Americans something else which may in the long- run have been of greater importance — his prejudice for freedom and his larger equalitarian faith.” (Winthrop Jordan, BLACK OVER WI-HTE) Analyze the contradictions in American Liberal thought on Race. ...
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