Archive for May, 2018

Real World Graduation: Question 32

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What charge will cause the greatest amount of fear, anger, and resentment among politicians?

a) Flip-flopper

b) Liar

c) Crook

d) Ideologue

e) They are equally afraid of all of the above.

(See answer on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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Real World Graduation: Question 31

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If the NFL team in a given city wins the Super Bowl, in what ways do the people living in that city and its surrounding suburbs benefit?

a) Sense of accomplishment

b) Increased economic opportunities

c) Increased revenue from tourism

d) Prestige

e) All of the above

(The answer is shown on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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Real World Graduation: Question 30

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Why do journalists publish articles using information from “anonymous sources”?

a) To protect the identity of people who secretly provided vital information to the public, although it may not have been legal or ethical to do so

b) To protect the First Amendment rights of people who may be afraid of publishing or speaking out on their own.

c) Because the media serves as the watchdog of a free society, and the people have a right to know about all the available information

d) Information from anonymous sources is generally more accurate than from open sources.

e) Primarily due to a combination of a), c), and d), although situations like b) do occur occasionally.

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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Real World Graduation: Question 29

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Article 2, Section 1 of the U. S. Constitution requires the President to take the following oath of office:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

An integral part of preserving, protecting, and defending the Constitution is preserving the rights of the people. The rights of individuals specifically called out in the Constitution and its first ten amendments are:

1) Habeas corpus (right to challenge detainment)

2) Freedom of speech

3) Freedom of the press

4) Freedom of religion

5) Freedom to keep and bear arms

6) Freedom from bearing the expense of quartering soldiers

7) Freedom from arbitrary search and seizure (searches require warrants signed by a judge, with testimony under oath by the officials seeking the warrant)

8) Federal indictment only by grand jury

9) No double jeopardy (a person can only be tried once for the same crime)

10) Immunity from self-incrimination

11) Due process of law

12) Compensation for property allocated for public use

13) Speedy and public trial

14) Cross-examination of witnesses in criminal trials

15) Counsel for defense in criminal trials

16) Trial by jury

17) Facts found by a jury not reviewable by a court

18) Prohibition of excessive bail

19) Prohibition of excessive fines

20) Prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments.

Also, rights not specifically mentioned are reserved to the people (individuals) or to the states. Based on your understanding of American history, which three would you rate as the worst Presidents with regard to preserving the rights of the people?  The letter after their name indicates their part affiliation (F refers to Federalist, R indicates Republican, N indicates None, D indicates Democrat, D-R indicates Democrat-Republican, which later became the Democratic Party in the 1820’s).

a) Alexander Hamilton (F), Aaron Burr (F), and Benjamin Franklin (F)

b) Richard M. Nixon (R), Gerald R. Ford (R), and George Washington (N)

c) George H. W. Bush (41) (R), James E. Carter (D), and Thomas Jefferson (D-R)

d) Walter Mondale (D), Barry Goldwater (R), and Alf Landon (R)

e) Three among those listed in groups b) and c)

(The answer is on p. 2 of the PDF.)

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