Midterm Exam – Spring 2012 (Pol 11)

Political Science 11 – Introduction to Political Science

College Now

Spring 2012

Professor Rogers

Midterm Study Guide

This study guide should provide you with all of the necessary information to study and do well on the mid-term examination. Students are to write their answers on the test sheet and any paper provided by the instructor.

The midterm will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2012.


The exam will be broken into two parts: term identification and a short answer question.

Part One – Term Identification (20 points)

Students will be given the definitions of ten terms drawn from the lectures and readings and they are expected to match each definition with the correct term – provided from a list on the test sheet. Each term is worth two points, for a total of twenty points on this portion of the exam.

A list of possible terms on the test is provided below

Part Two – Short Answer (5 points)

Students will be given between three and seven short answer questions, of which they will be asked to answer ONE. Again, students are only to answer ONE question. Any questions answered beyond that will be ignored. The short answer question answered will be worth up to five points.

Answers are expected to be between three to four paragraphs and answer all aspects of the question. Any answer that is either too short or fails to cover every aspect of the question will lose points.


The Social Contract

“the state of nature”

Thomas Hobbes

John Locke

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Isaiah Berlin
Negative Liberty

Positive Liberty

John Rawls


“justice as fairness”

Difference Principle

The Original Position

Veil of Ignorance

Karl Marx

Historical materialism




“false consciousness”

Vladimir Lenin

Revolutionary Vanguard

Ayn Rand

Black Nationalism

Racial Liberalism

Liberal Feminism

Radical Feminism

Seven Years War (French & Indian War)

Navigation Acts

Proclamation Line

Stamp Act

“internal taxation”

“external taxation”

“virtual representation”

“actual representation”


Olive Branch Petition

Thomas Paine & Common Sense

Declaration of Independence


“debt holders”

Pennsylvania Constitution (1776)

Massachusetts Constitution (1780)



Republican womanhood

The Articles of Confederation

Shay’s Rebellion

Annapolis Convention

Constitutional Convention

3/5ths Compromise



Federalist 10

The Bill of Rights

Jacksonian Democracy

“militant abolitionism”

“political abolitionism”



“social freedom”

19th Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment

Jim Crow

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“direct action”

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Separation of Church & State

Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom

Everson v. Board of Education

“separation principal”


Author: Roy Rogers

I am currently a PhD candidate in American History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). My undergraduate education was at Shepherd University (Political Science & History) and I received an MA in History from George Mason University. As a historian, my research interests include early American history, the early American republic (1780 to 1830), political history, religious history, and gender history. I live in Brooklyn with my girlfriend and our cat.

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