By the People: Debating American Government, Brief, 3rd Edition (Morone/Kersh) UNIT ONE: AMERICAN POLITICAL THEORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONCEPTS READING ASSIGNMENT 2: CHAPTER 2 – The Constitution LEARNING OBJECTIVES: NOTE! Students will read the introductory chapter vignette on pages 41-42, skip pages 42 “The Colonial Roots of the Constitution,” through page 59 up to “Separation of Powers,” and then begin reading at page 59 “Separation of Powers,” up to page 61 “A Principle of Which We Were Ashamed.” Pages 61 through 65 will be skipped. Students will then begin reading at page 65, “An Overview of the Constitution” through page 68. Pages 69-72 will be skipped. Students should begin reading at page 73, “Changing the Constitution,” to the end of the chapter. No exam questions will be asked from the pages skipped.*
1 . Define “separation of powers” and provide an example, p. 59. 2. Define “checks and balances” and provide an example, p. 60. 3. Provide three examples of checks and balances per institution (Congress, the President, and the Judiciary) (see Figure 2.4, p. 61). 4. Outline the 7 Articles of the Constitution by number and subject, p. 65 (TQ). 5. Define a faction, pp. 70-71, and indicate how James Madison believed the effects of factions could be controlled (notes, see also Federalist 10 in the book’s Appendix, p. A-27). 6. Outline the 10 Amendments in the Bill of Rights by number and subject, p. 73. 7. Define “incorporation,” p. 74. 8. Define the 2 methods used to interpret the Constitution, p. 75. 9. Explain the 4 ways to amend the Constitution, p. 68 (Generally), Notes.