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Exam 1 review - PLAP 101 Fall 2007 Study questions for the...

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PLAP 101 Fall 2007 Study questions for the first examination A sub-group of the following questions will appear on your exam on October 3. 1) Why did the Anti-federalists oppose the ratification of the Constitution? a. They favored small government b. Argued that for a democracy to work people had to care more about the public than about themselves and this is only possible in a small group of people; in a big group you don’t think your action affect the whole but in a small unity you know your actions make a difference; they can identify physiologically with their actions to the actions of the whole c. They were afraid of the president turning into a tyrant b/c he had so much power d. A small republic was better b/c it is a homogeneous republic e. It would be easier to keep the public at the forefront b/c virtue would be easily taught and pressured f. They favored the articles b/c it was a direct representation of the DOI and the const. was not 2) How does the instrument of a written constitution alter the relationship between the people and the government? a. It makes us consent to the government and a specific set of rules b. You know what you are consenting to c. Government or people do not have the power but the constitution does d. It is higher than the people who govern e. It is something that we all have access to f. Without one, you are consisting to simply people and not a written constitution g. It clearly lays out your rights and freedoms h. It clearly restricts the government’s powers i. Government can act directly on the individuals behalf 3) Explain the concept of “dual federalism.” a. We have this concept in the US b. The federal government has its powers and so does the state and the local governments c. The federal government has enumerated powers i. Only the things that are listed in the constitution d. If the power are not enumerated then they are left up to the state e. For example, education and road maintenance are two things that are left up to the state f. Some states have capital punishment and others don’t g. Other differences between different states like gay marriage laws h. States have individual sovereignty
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4) What does the concept “popular sovereignty” mean? a.
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