GOVT 2305 – Federal Government
Exam 2 – Essay Questions
To receive full credit on the exam, you will need to answer all of the questions below in complete sentences using your textbooks, the notes provided, and other unit resources. Your answers will need to be thorough, showing that you have studied and know the issues. Each should be answered with a minimum of 6 to 8 well-constructed sentences. You will also need to answer the questions in your own words and not copy word-for-word from your notes, the textbooks, or another source. In your answer cover the main points and provide examples or data where appropriate.
1. How do the differences between the House and the Senate reflect the competing interests of small and large states?
The house has 435 members, that is based on the state’s population. The senate has 100 members, with 2 senators per state. The system is compromised based on two plans, The New Jersey Plan, and the Virginia plan, as the larger states really wanted the house and senate to be based on the population of the state, yet smaller states wanted an equal amount of both for all states.
2. How did the presidency of the 1800s differ from that of today? In particular, how did the president's interactions with his party and his cabinet change over time?
As crazy as it sounds, on a day-to-day basis, presidents do not really do much regarding the governmental operations while in office. Presidents spent a handful of their time overseeing exemption of most federal appointments to other partisans. Many of the important decisions were delegated to cabinet officers who have interacted just as many times to congress as the White House. In the twentieth century, presidents always assumed a greater number of administrative responsibilities. This caused the office to transform in a lot of ways that the framers did not recognize.