2006 Ap Government Essay Examples

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REMEMBER THE VERBS:
IDENTIFY or DEFINE means 1) tell me what it is and 2) tell me something about it
DESCRIBE or EXPLAIN means 1) tell me what it is, 2) tell me something about it, and 3) tell me why
ALL FILES HAVE BEEN RE-LINKED AND SHOULD BE ACTIVE.  IF THERE IS A DEAD LINK, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW. 
UNIT 1 - CONSTITUTIONAL UNDERPINNINGS 
  • 2000, 1 - Articles of Confederation (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2001, 1 - Formal and Informal Amendments (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2003, 3 - Government Employees (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2005, 2 - Powers of the Federal Government (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2007, 4 - Federalism (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2009, 1 - Majority and Minority Factions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 1 - Congress and the Democratic Political System (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2014, 1 - Federalist and Anti-federalist Compromise (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2015, 2 - Federal System of Government (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2016, 4 - Constitutional Limitations on Popular Control (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2017, 4 - Federalism and Balance of Power (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 2 - CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS
  • 1998, 2 - Fourteenth Amendment Incorporation 
  • 2001, 3 - Fourteenth Amendment (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2002, 3 - Racial Minorities (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2005, 3 - Selective Incorporation (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2007, 2 - Freedom of Religion (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 4 - Fifteenth Amendment (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2010, 4 - Constitution and Bill of Rights (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2012, 2 - Barriers to Voting, Minorities in Congress (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2015, 4 - Fourteenth Amendment w/ Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 3 - POLITICAL BELIEFS AND BEHAVIORS
  • 1998, 1 - Selecting Presidential Candidates
  • 1998, 4 - Low Voter Turnout
  • 2001, 2 - Rate of Congressional Incumbent Re-election (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2002, 4 - Voter Turnout in Federal Elections (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2003, 2 - Political Process Other Than Voting (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2004, 4 - Trust and Confidence in Government (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2007, 1 - The Electoral College (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 1 - Voter Participation and Behavior
  • 2009, 2 - Voter Turnout and Linkage Institutions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2011, 2 - Public Opinion Polls (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2014, 2 - Voter Turnout (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2015, 3 - The Electoral College and Campaigning (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2016, 2 - Demographic Changes (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 4 - INTEREST GROUPS, POLITICAL PARTIES, MASS MEDIA
  • 1999, 1 - Presidential Campaigns and Media Coverage (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 1999, 2 - Interest Groups and Their Objectives (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2000, 2 - Appointment of S.C. Justices and Interest Group Influence (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2004, 3 - Minor Parties (Minor Parties w/ updated picture) (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2006, 1 - Interest Groups and Political Parties (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2007, 1 - The Electoral College (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 3 - Interest Groups and Congress 
  • 2009, 1 - Majority and Minority Factions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2009, 4 - Mass Media and Agenda Setting (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2010, 1 - Interest Groups and Public Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2010, 3 - Political Party Changes (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2011, 3 - Elections and Delegates (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2012, 4 - Interest Group Influence (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 2 - Political Party Identification
  • 2013, 2 - Political Parties Influence (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2014, 4 - Party Polarization (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2016, 1 - Linkage Institutions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2017, 2 - Interest Groups and the Political Process (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 5 - CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY 
  • 1998, 3 - Congressional Power Over the President 
  • 2002, 1 - Divided Government (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2003, 1 - Presidential Approval Rate (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2003, 4 - Congress and the Legislative Process (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2004, 1 - Congressional and Presidential Powers in Foreign Policy (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2006, 4 - Bicameral Legislature (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2007, 3 - Congressional and Presidential War Powers (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 1 - Congressional Reapportionment (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 2 - Presidential Powers and Limits in Domestic Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 2 - Policymaking Checks 
  • 2008, 3 - Interest Groups and Congress
  • 2009, 3 - Majority Party Advantages in Congress (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2011, 4 - Congressional and Presidential Powers (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2012, 1 - Congressional Duties (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 1 - Congress and the Democratic Political System (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 3 - Bicameral Legislature Two Distinct Chambers
  • 2014, 3 - Congress and the President in Foreign Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2015, 1 - President and Policymaking (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2016, 3 - Congress and Bureaucracy Interactions (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 6 - BUREAUCRACY AND THE JUDICIARY
  • 1999, 3 - Congressional Oversight of Bureaucracy (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2000, 2 - Appointment of S.C. Justices and Interest Group Influence (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2005, 1 - The Supreme Court and Public Opinion (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2006, 3 - Bureaucratic Agencies and Their Powers (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 2 - Policymaking Checks
  • 2010, 2 - Structure of the Federal Bureaucracy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2011, 1 - Supreme Court Actions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2012, 3 - Judicial Branch and Politics (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 1 - Supreme Court Authority
  • 2013, 3 - President Selecting Judges (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 4 - Public Policy Process (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2016, 3 - Congress and Bureaucracy Interactions (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2017, 1 - Supreme Court Insulation (sample w/ scoring commentary)

UNIT 7 - PUBLIC POLICY
  • 2001, 4 - Political Factors for Public Policy (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2004, 1 - Congressional and Presidential Powers in Foreign Policy (sample, scoring commentary)
  • 2006, 2 - Social Security (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 2 - Presidential Powers and Limits in Domestic Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 3 - Fiscal and Monetary Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2008, 4 - Federal Budget Deficits 
  • 2013, 4 - Public Policy Process (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2013, 4 - Federal Budget Deficits Again
  • 2014, 3 - Congress and the President in Foreign Policy (sample w/ scoring commentary)
  • 2017, 3 - Entitlement Spending (sample w/ scoring commentary)

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