††††††††††††††††† Study Guide for the 4th Exam

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Key Terms


Article I††††††††††††††††††††††† Bicameralism†††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Standing Committee††††

Conference Committee Joint Committee†††††††††† ††††††††††† Select Committee

Filibuster†††††††††††††††††††† Speaker of the House††††††††††† Majority Party Leader

Cloture††††††††††††††††††††††† President Pro Tempore††††††††††† Pork Barrel Politics††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Article II††††††††††††††††††††† The Cabinet†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† The Executive Office of the President

Office of Budget and Management (OMB)††††† ††††††††††† The National Security Council

Executive Order†††††††††† Executive Agreement††† ††††††††††† Presidential disability

Pocket Veto ††††††††††††††† War Powers Resolution††††††††††† Legislative Courts

22nd Amendment†††††††††† Subcommittee †††††††††††††††††††††††† Majority Opinion††††††††

Article III†††††††††††††††††††† Circuit Court†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Constitutional Courts

Judicial Activism††††††††† Dissenting Opinion †††††††††††††††† Concurring Opinion

Civil law††††††††††††††††††††† Criminal Law†† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Judicial Review††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††

Marbury v. Madison††† Common law††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Administrative Law

Appellate JurisdictionOriginal Jurisdiction†† ††††††††††† Federal District Courts


Major Themes


Chapter 10:You should understand:

(1)    Basics of the legislative branch, such as membersí qualifications, terms of services, the power and functions of the Congress (review Article I of the Constitution)

(2)    Leadership structures and the committee system: key leadership positions, types of committees, difference between the two houses.

(3)    How a bill becomes a law: who can sponsor a law, where does a bill begin to be deliberated, what is concurrent majority, the role of conference committee and the President


Chapter 11: You should understand:

(1)    Basics of the Presidency, such as the formal and informal qualifications for becoming a U.S. President, term limits, and succession, and Powers and functions of the Presidency: such as legislative powers, executive powers and judicial powers (review Article II of Constitution)

(2)    Why people want to become a president? What makes a good president? Who succeed the president if the president is disabled or deceased?

(3)    Presidential Institutions: EOP, WHO, NSC, Cabinet


Chapter 15: You should know:

(1)    Basics of the judicial branch: such as the structure of the judicial system, powers and functions of the different courts, and appointment and length of service of judges (review Article III)

(2)    Judicial review: where does it originate, why is it significant?

(3)    Decision Making: how do judges decide cases? What kind of judicial philosophies that may influence their decisions?