American Government Semester One

District Assessment Connection for South Dakota Core Standards
American Government (V06) - Semester Test

K-12.C.1 Students will explain, compare and contrast, and analyze the historical principles and philosophical purposes, and various forms of government.

Test Questions

9-12.C.1.2 Summarize the critical similarities and differences in the various forms of government.

1, 2, 6, 9

9-12.C.1.5 Explain the relationship between political ideologies and corresponding economic ideologies and their impact on government systems through the use of compelling and supporting questions.

59, 60, 61, 62

K-12.C.2 Students will explain the historical impact of primary founding documents including but not limited to, the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, the US Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments.

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9-12.C.2.5 Explain the construction of the US Constitution as a bundle of compromises reflecting different points of view.

10, 15, 17, 54, 75

9-12.C.2.6 Identify the points of agreement and disagreement between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists over the ratification of the US Constitution and how the disagreement was resolved via the protection of rights in the Bill of Rights.

3, 4, 5, 96

K-12.C.3 Students will explain how the Constitution organizes the government of the US.

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9-12.C.3.1 Evaluate the effectiveness of the separation of powers and the role of checks and balances.

55, 64, 70, 73, 74, 76

9-12.C.3.2 Outline the law-making process.

48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 58

9-12.C.3.3 Make arguments for and against the use of the Electoral College given its intended purpose.

77, 78, 79, 80, 81

9-12.C.3.4 Cite historical evidence justifying the power of judicial review.

84, 86, 87, 88, 89, 91

9-12.C.3.5 Differentiate among the roles of the levels of authority in the national, state, local, and tribal governments regarding American federalism through the use of compelling questions.

16, 23, 37, 83, 85

K-12.C.4- Students will understand the fundamental principles of America’s democratic republic and the US Constitution and the inherent conflicts that may arise.

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9-12.C.4.2 Summarize the general principles of American democracy such as the fundamental worth of the individual, equality of all persons, majority rule/minority rights, necessity of compromise, and individual freedom in light of the purpose of government.

18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 69, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95

9-12.C.4.3 Summarize the constitutional principles of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, and federalism.

7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14

9-12.C.4.4 Differentiate between positive and negative rights protected by the US Constitution and give examples of how they may come into conflict.

53, 65, 66, 67, 68

K-12.C.5- Students will understand the ways in which a citizen can use their basic rights to influence the decisions of the republic.

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9-12.C.5.1 Differentiate between the rights and responsibilities of a citizen and the practice of civic virtue.

31, 36, 46, 63

9-12.C.5.3 Explain how democracy relies upon responsible participation of its citizens and identify ways a citizen can effectively participate.

34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 56, 57

9-12.C.5.5 Explain the role of political parties and special interest groups in the political process.

29, 30, 32, 33, 38, 39

9-12.C.5.9 Demonstrate and/or show examples of how technology has changed the way people participate beyond their traditional sphere of influence.

97, 98, 99, 100

K-12.C.6- Students will describe the elements of how US foreign policy is made and understand the international challenges and influences of the US government.

Test Questions

9-12.C.6.1 Explain the foreign policy process in the US and give examples of its impact on foreign policy initiatives.

71, 72, 82

Multiple Choice: 100 points
Essay: 10 points
Overall: 110 points