Day 1 - Foundations of American Democracy

Unit 1 - Foundations of American Democracy (approximately 15-22% of multiple choice questions)




Practice Test Question

_____1. Which of the following is a consequence of the US federal system?

A.     Equality in all government services across all states.

B.     Opportunities for experimentation in government programs across the country.

C.    Exactly the same state laws in every states

D.     A strict and non-overlapping division of powers between state & national governments


Unit Practice

Make a Venn diagram listing the checks and balances of the three branches of government.


Silly Analogy

If the Founding Fathers were a sports team (current or past), explain which sports team they would be.

Practice Test Answer

B

Day 2 - Interactions Among Branches of Government - Legislative Branch

Unit 2 - Interactions Among Branches of Government

(approximately 25-36% of multiple choice questions)

Part 1 - Legislative Branch




Practice Test Question

_____ 2.1. Which of the following generally results when the Senate and House pass different versions of the same bill?

A.     The president signs the version he prefers.

B.     The chamber with the higher level of popularity sends its bill to the President to sign.

C.     All amendments to the bill are invalidated, and the original version of the bill is sent to the president to sign.

D.     The two legislative bodies form a conference committee.


Unit Practice

Make a chart with

a) 7 steps a bill takes to become a law and

b) 5 ways to kill a bill.


Silly Analogy

If Congress were an animal, explain what animal Congress would be.

Practice Test Answer

D

Silly Analogy Answer

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Day 3 - Interactions Among Branchs of Government - Executive Branch

Unit 2 - Interactions Among Branches of Government

(approximately 25-36% of multiple choice questions)

Part 2 - Executive Branch




Practice Test Question

_____ 2.2. In vetoing a bill, the President does which of the following?

A.     Rejects only a part of the bill without rejecting it entirely.               

B.     Prevents any further action on the bill.

C.     Sends the bill back to its original committee.                          

D.    Rejects all sections of the bill.


Unit Practice

List what you consider the five most important presidential powers along with one example of how each has been exercised by the current POTUS.


Silly Analogy

Imagine that a film is being made about the Trump Presidency. Explain what actor would best be cast in the role of President Trump, or explain what character from any movie you have seen most resembles President Trump.

Practice Test Question

D

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Day 4 - Interactions Among Branches of Government - Judicial Branch

Unit 2 - Interactions Among Branches of Government

(approximately 25-36% of multiple choice questions)

Part 3 - Judicial Branch




Test Review Question

_____ 2.3. If the Supreme Court reaches a tie on a decision on a case which of the following happens

A.     The Supreme Court Chief Justice gets to decide the verdict.

B.     The next lowest courts’ ruling stands. 

C.    The Vice President gets to break the tie.

D.     They must take the case again next year.


Unit Practice

There are certain steps a case must go through before the Supreme Court issues its ruling. Describe the five most important steps a case must go through as it makes its way through the SCOTUS.


Silly Analogy

If the Supreme Court of the United States were summarized and described by just one adjective, explain what that adjective would be.


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Test Review Answer

B

Day 5 - Civil Rights & Liberties

Unit 3 - Civil Rights & Liberties

(approximately 13-18% of multiple choice questions)





Practice Test Question

_____ 3. Selective incorporation refers to which of the following?

A.   The right to of dual citizens to choose citizenship at age 18

B.    The Supreme Court ruling that because of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, states must not violate the U.S. Constitution.

C.    The ability to ignore the exclusionary rule in grand jury indictments

D.    The Supreme Court ruling striking down quotas in affirmative action


Unit Practice

List what you consider the five most important Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Supreme Court Cases Rulings along with an explanation of the importance of each ruling.


Silly Analogy

If the state of civil rights and civil liberties under the current presidential administration were an athlete or sports team, explain who it would be.

Practice Test Answer

B

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Day 6 - American Political Ideologies and Beliefs

Unit 4 - American Political Ideologies and Beliefs

(approximately 10-15% of multiple choice questions)




Test Review Question

_____4. The term gender gap refers to the idea that

A.     Women tend to be more liberal than men

B.     Women tend to be proportionally over represented in the US Congress

C.    Women tend to be less religious than men

D.     Women tend to vote in much lower numbers than men in national elections


Unit Practice

Make a chart outlining the main beliefs of American Conservatives, Liberals, and Libertarians


Silly Analogy

Take a movie series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, or one of your choosing. Think about the major beliefs of American political ideologies like liberalism and conservatism. Explain which characters from the movie franchise represent liberalism and which characters represent conservatism and which are moderates.

Test Review Answer

A

Day 7 - Political Participation

Unit 5 - Political Participation

(approximately 20-27% of multiple choice questions)




Practice Test Question

_____5. Party dealignment refers to

A.     The fact that about every 50 years a new party emerges in power

B.     The fact that America has a two party as opposed to a multiparty system

C.     The rise in the number of registered independents

D.    The trend of children to oppose the party of their parents


Unit Practice

Make a chart outlining the main policy positions of the two major US political parties.


Silly Analogy

If the US Democratic Party were a car, explain what kind of car would it be. If the US Republican Party were a car, explain what kind of car would it be.

Practice Test Answer

C

Day 8 - Public Policy Learning Extension

Learning Extension - Public Policy

This is no longer a separate unit on the redesigned GoPo Exam but these are important ideas to consider and can be found spread throughout the other units.


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Practice Test Question

_____ Bonus. What is the main function of the federal bureaucracy?

A.     to develop and enforce procedures for implementing policy

B.     to make policy recommendations

C.     to create new policies

D.    to review policies


Unit Practice

Describe the 5 most important pieces of US policy from the past 100 years and explain the effect of each on the United States.


Silly Analogy

If American policy from the past century were a celebrity, explain what celebrity it would be.

Practice Test Answer

A