Due Date: 3 pm, Thursday, July 5, 2007 (no exams will be accepted after this date, but feel free to turn in early!)
Each student will be required to answer one question, drawing on material in the book and any other appropriate sources, like newspapers or news magazines (put any direct quotes in quotation marks, and cite the page, and if you closely paraphrase anything, which means you just change a few words, also cite the page - but the bulk of your paper should NOT consist of quoted material - this is supposed to be original work!). You may NOT use Wikipedia - if you do, you will automatically receive a zero on this exam. The usual rules concerning plagiarism and honor code violations apply. This is work that you must do on your own without consulting anyone, or permitting anyone else to look at your work.
I will assign each of you one question to answer. You should expect to spend several hours completing this work, including re-reading it and re-writing. I will deduct points for excessive errors in spelling and grammar (you should be able to spell common words like "receive" correctly). It will be graded on organization, clarity, and how well you cover the material and answer the question. You should connect the facts of American Government to the themes in your answers. Answer as completely as you can and in your own words. While you may express a viewpoint, I am not interested in your opinion, per se - you must back up anything you say! I suggest you compose your answers in a word processor and save it, then copy the material into an email to send me. Remember that this is a thought paper but it must be based on facts.
Note: if you want me to send you your thought paper/test grade, include your mailing address when you turn in the exam, or you may stop by and pick it up. (although I will not be on campus a great deal in July, nor will I make any extensive comments on this paper due to the time constraints). The university will not allow me to tell you your grades by email due to privacy concerns.
You MUST type the following honor pledge to either the top or bottom of your test answers along with your name, which will be understood as your signature attesting that you have adhered to the pledge. "On my honor as a USCA student I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this examination." Your Name. (In this case the pledge means that you did not get help from any other person. Using the text is ok as long as you document anything you quote or paraphrase)
I. Answer this question if the first letter of your last name begins with the letters A to E.
Is globalization good for the American economy? For the world?
II. Answer this question if the first letter of your last name begins with the letters F to M.
Does the president have too much power? Why or why not?
III. Answer this question if the first letter of your last name begins with the letters N to Z.
Should the Supreme Court have the last word on the constitutionality of public policy? If not, who should have that say?
E-Mail your answers to the following address and type in the subject
area "Exam III -- your name." Make sure you save a copy on a diskette for
your own protection. You should receive an e-mail confirmation within 24
hours of sending your exam unless it is a weekend. If you do not, e-mail
your professor immediately.