Political Science 11 – Introduction to Political Science
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”
“justice as fairness”
The Original Position
Veil of Ignorance
Seven Years War (French & Indian War)
Olive Branch Petition
Thomas Paine & Common Sense
Declaration of Independence
Pennsylvania Constitution (1776)
Massachusetts Constitution (1780)
The Articles of Confederation
The Bill of Rights
The Equal Rights Amendment
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Separation of Church & State
Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom
Everson v. Board of Education