Exam Date and Time: The second exam will be given on Wednesday, September 18th. I will begin handing the exams out no later than the start of the hour; you will have the whole of the class period to complete it. While the exam is not designed to require to entire 50 minutes to complete, I would suggest that you do not arrive late, or it is possible you will not have sufficient time to complete the entire exam.
Exam Structure: The exam is will consist of eight (8) multiple choice questions (for 16 pts), four (4) ‘fill-in-the-blank’ questions (for 20 pts), and three (3) out of eight (8) short essay questions (for 30pts). It is designed to be finished in 40-45 minutes, giving you time to look over the exam and take a stab at the extra credit (~8pts).
Extra Credit: There will be at least 5 extra credit questions, worth a minimum of 8 points. These questions will come primarily from the Fun Facts session at the end of the lecture.
Study Guide: I have broken the guide into two major parts. The first part consists of the topics on which the multiple choice and short answer questions will be based. As you study these terms and concepts, make sure to not only understand what the specific term means, but also the ways in which it connects to others on the list.
The second part is made of questions that may result in multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank (I reserve, at least, this right), but WILL result in the essay questions—the 8 essay choices that will be given on the exam will be drawn from this list. Therefore, as you prepare for the exam, focus on the facts and terms for these questions, but also be prepared to answer the answer the questions as a whole—so do not overlook the more thematic and conceptual parts of the question.
Multiple Choice/Fill-in-the-Blank Topics
Tragedy of the Commons
Separation of Powers
Articles of Confederation
Checks and Balances
New Jersey Plan
Bill of Rights
Necessary and Proper Clause
Take Care Clause
Race to the Bottom
Fugitive Slave Law
Jim Crow Laws
Separate But Equal Doctrine
De facto Segregation
De jure Segregation
Privileges and Immunities Clause
Due Process Clause
Equal Protection Clause
Clear and Present Danger Test
Clear and Probable Danger Test
Establishment (of Religion) Clause
Free Exercise Clause
What are principals and agents (with regard to government), and how does the principal-agent problem impact how representative governments are structured?
What are the Tragedy of the Commons and the Free Rider Problem, and what do they tell us about the purpose of governments?
What are the differences between a parliamentary system (Britain) and a separation of powers system (U.S.), particularly with regard to transaction costs?
Briefly discuss the differences between…