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Example Midterm 2 Exams Political Science 100-06 Midterm 2, Fall 2008 I. (72 points) Answer 9 of the following 10 questions (each answer is worth 8 points). Note: every question can be answered with two sentences or less. Usually one sentence or a simple list will suffice. 1. Patterson discusses the fact that the Gallup poll uses two questions to distinguish four basic ideological types. The four types are liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and populists. How do liberals differ from populists? 2. Consider three ways that people might participate in civic life, (i)voting, (ii) talking to others about politics, and (iii) participating in community programs. If you compare U.S. citizens to those of other countries, on which of these three types of behavior do U.S. citizens tend to be more participatory and which less? 3. How does Madison's idea of faction correspond to the idea of interest-group liberalism ? Please answer this, corresponds well , corresponds partially , or does not correspond , and then briefly explain your answer. 4. When the NRA targets particular Congressional races, is that an example of inside or outside lobbying? Briefly explain your answer. 5. According to Patterson, in what way did Ted Turner's goal when he started CNN differ from Rupert Murdoch's goal when he started Fox News? 6. Can the theory of cognitive dissonance be used to explain the large increase in the number of independents in the South after the mid-1960s? Answer yes or no , and then briefly explain your answer. 7. Consistent with the class lecture, explain the idea of public opinion as a two-way flow . 8. What is the idea of media as agenda-setter. Does the media actually play that role? 9. Why is the U.S. a two-party system? Note: when you answer provide what you think are the two best reasons. 10. What, if any, limitations exist on the amount of money that individuals can give directly to a candidate to support that candidate in a particular campaign? [12 points] II. Consider the directional and proximity models, then answer directional , proximity , neither , or both to each of the following claims. For simplicity assume only one policy issue will influence voter choice. a. Voters have specific policy preferences on the issue. b. Winning the median voter is critical to winning the election. c. A candidate just to the right of center is most highly evaluated by voters just to the right of the center. d. Parties will converge in some circumstances and diverge in others. e. If the electorate is slightly liberal, politicians would do well to sell themselves as strong liberals. f. In some circumstances a candidate would want to be more centrist than the median voter. [16 points] III. Do strong parties solve the problems of providing representation and accountability to the political
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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