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Midterm Review (Examples of possible essay and multiple choice questions)

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science

Dec. 7/2010 POL101 Midterm Review Essay question about IR Levels of analysis: system, nation-state, & personal Systems level of analysis – international system, the kind of government doesn’t matter (or the people), rise of China in terms of a rising global power, complex interdependence National - how the government affects the IR Personal - individual politicians, personal; how the traits of leader alter how leaders respond to problems (i.e. how did Kennedy and his colleagues interpret what was going on in Cuba; what was going on in their heads) Possible Multiple Choice Topics Many more veto points in the US presidential system, and can get shot down at any point In parliamentary systems, if the government proposes a bill and gets shut down – the government falls, this leads to more party discipline Alternatives to democratic systems Questions on Marx: what does Marx mean by revolution, class-consciousness (have more in common with each other than the bourgeoisie) Marx takes Hegel’s idea, says it’s about material realities (the superstructure) Class: relationship to their means of production Liberty of the moderns v. liberty of the ancients: Collective v. individual freedom Democracy: free & fair elections by a secret ballot (universal franchise), where the person with the most votes wins (majoritarianism) institutionalized uncertainty (if you lose this time, you might win next time) Communism: Russia very backward
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