Newsletter #1

Government 2301 Modem

Fall 1998



Welcome to Government 2301 and your first newsletter. Each of these newsletters will provide you with important information concerning the course, upcoming exams, and review sessions. I strongly suggest that you read each newsletter carefully.




Your first exam will be given on October 2, 3, and 4. Refer to your Distance Education Handbook for times and places and procedures. Even if you have taken Distance Education courses in the past, read the Handbook carefully, as the test locations may have changed since you last took a course. The exam will consist of 25 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions and 1 essay. Be sure to use the learning objectives and key terms in studying. Additionally, I have included several study questions in this newsletter. Use them to verify your knowledge. The exam will cover the assigned readings in Unit I as well as the lectures.



The following essay questions are designed to help you with your studies.

  1. Trace the history of Texas as detailed in your textbook (be sure to familiarize yourself with our political history - particularly with respect to such things as the poll tax).
  2. Thoroughly discuss political culture as defined in your Texas book being certain to identify the political culture (or cultures) prevalent in Texas.
  3. What are the largest population groups in Texas - how does this affect policymaking? How will policymaking be affected in the future?
  4. Discuss the different regions of Texas, particularly in terms of politics and economics.
  5. Identify the different types of federal grants, explain how they differ, and give examples of each.
  6. Explain the differences between unitary, confederal, and federal systems of government.
  7. Explain the impact of federal money on the state of Texas.
  8. Discuss the Texas Constitutions - you should be familiar with the history of these documents and the group (or groups) that influenced the one we now use. (dates are not necessary)
  9. Compare and contrast the methods of amending the U.S. and the Texas Constitutions and the major components of each document.
  10. Discuss the various sources of power in different political systems.
  11. Distinguish between direct and representatives forms of democracy.
  12. Discuss the demographic changes in the U.S. and the political implications of those changes.
  13. Discuss pluralism and elite theory.
  14. Distinguish between the two major ideologies: liberalism and conservatism.
  15. Discuss the early political history of the U.S. from colonization to the Articles of Confederation.
  16. Discuss the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation that led to the Constitution.
  17. Explain the major compromises of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  18. Contrast the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists.
  19. Discuss the methods of changing the constitution.
  20. Distinguish between unitary, confederal, and federal systems of government and explain how they apply to this nation.
  21. Explain the following: enumerated powers, necessary and proper clause, reserved powers, concurrent powers, full faith and credit, privileges and immunities, extradition.
  22. Explain the significance of McCullough v. Maryland.
  23. Compare and contrast the different types of federalism.