GOVERNMENT

Precedents Set By George Washington

George Washington was aware that many of his actions would be regarded as precedents. Here are three precedents that Washington established:

  1. Washington created the first Presidential Cabinet.  Who was on the Cabinet, and what Departments did they represent?  Who is on the Cabinet today, and what Departments do they represent?
  2. Washington was the first President to leave office after two terms.  Is that precedent still followed today?  Why or why not?
  3. Washington was the first to establish foreign policy, and issued the Proclamation of Neutrality.  What situation did this proclamation address?  What agency advises the President on foreign policy today?  What is the role of this agency?

Be sure to include where you got your information.  For example, include web site addresses. Must be a page and half.

Question 1 (Multiple Choice Worth 3 points)

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“In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates. The remedy for this inconveniency is to divide the legislature into different branches; and to render them, by different modes of election and different principles of action, as little connected with each other as the nature of their common functions and their common dependence on the society will admit.”–Federalist No. 51

Which of the following elements of the Constitution is the author defending in this quote?

 


 

Question 48 (Essay Worth 10 points)

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In 2012, a filmmaker posted a video online about the plight of child soldiers in Africa. It became a “viral video,” attracting thousands of watchers around the world. Is this type of activity important in U.S. political and civic life? Explain your response and give at least two additional examples of how a person can participate in a democratic society.

 


 

Question 49 (Essay Worth 10 points)

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“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”—James Madison

In at least two paragraphs, discuss the meaning of this quote in relation to one of the following principles—limited government, natural rights, separation of powers, or rule of law.

 


 

Question 50 (Essay Worth 10 points)

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In a well-written paragraph, describe how a landmark Supreme Court case extended civil liberties. Choose one of the following cases: Gideon v. Wainwright, Texas v. Johnson, or Mapp v. Ohio.

 

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