Unit Test Review – Part I – Teacher answers
|Be Able to Explain and Apply Each of These Terms: Final Exam Review |
Electoral Process: campaign, primary, general election (not on this test)
Political Parties: Recruits candidates, educates the public, helps set priorities and staff government, watchdog, finance campaigns, Main goal is to get its party members elected to office.
Interest Groups: groups of people who gather together to try to influence elections and policies on particular issues. i.e. global warming, labor, supporting business, AARP (American Association of Retired People)
List ways that people can participate in the political process: vote, write letters to policy makers, join an interest group, help a political campaign, educate the public about an issue, etc.
Citizens: people who can vote and are part of a society
Media and its Roles: TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, internet: - roles: focus peoples’ attention and decide which issues receive more attention, provide information, editorials provide opinions
Public Opinion: includes the ideas, and attitudes a significant number of Americans hold about government and political issues. In a democracy, public opinion affects government policies.
Polls: a sampling or collection of opinions on a subject, taken from either a selected or a random group of persons, as for the purpose of analysis. They help determine public opinion on issues and candidates.
Regional Interests: interests that affect a particular geographic region, i.e. the Chesapeake Bay pollution affects the mid-Atlantic. Wildfires in CA, affect the counties involved and some neighboring states.
Campaign Finance: (How are campaigns financed?): Through donations to campaigns, political parties, and PACs.
Demographic Trends: See chart on how people tend to vote. In terms of age, older people tend to vote the most.
Primary Elections: The...