I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Practice Final

The following will give you an idea of the format of the final exam. As you prepare, also take a look at the air midterm.

I. Briefly identify 11 of 13 items (4 points each). Explain each item's meaning and significance.
  • Jack Abramoff
  • 501(c)(4)
  • The revolving door
  • Crossroads GPS
  • Turkmenistan
  • Freedom's Watch
  • Bundling
  • Taft-Hartley
  • FARA
  • Cooperative Federalism
II. Short essays. Answer three of four. Each answer should take about half a page. (6 points each).
  • Explain the major goals of the Turkish lobby in the United States.
  • Is "the religious lobby" mostly conservative?  Explain.
  • Tell why work stoppages have declined dramatically since the 1970s.
  • Does any individual corporation have a strong material incentive to lobby for comprehensive tax reform?  Explain.
III. Answer two of three essay questions (19 points each). Each answer should take about 2-3 large bluebook pages or 3-4 small bluebook pages.
  • Why is it difficult to enact gun control at the federal level?
  • What are the major reasons for the proliferation of interest groups in the United States?
  • In 2006, Democrats took both chambers of Congress.  In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidency.  The past few years should have been a golden age for labor unions.  What happened?
Bonus Questions (one point each). Very briefly identify the following:
  • Bill Paxon
  • Penny Pritzker
  • David Penzer
  • Heather Podesta
  • Trevor Potter

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