This exercise is divided in two sections or parts and you will have to answer both parts:
First, take the quizzes to find out your political ideology at one or both of the following websites:
Advocates for Self Government a libertarian web-site: www.theadvocates.org/quiz
Pew Research Center for People & the Press: www.people-press.org/typlogy/quiz
Then, write a paragraph (250 words) explaining the results of the quizz(es). Do you believe that these quizzes accurately measured your ideological leanings? Why are why not?
The second part of this assignment requires that you select a topic in ONE of the chapters covered by this module and conduct research by visiting one of the websites listed below under the heading of Options.
Then, write an essay (300 words):
explain why you decided to research that topic;
how does it relate to the chapter you selected;
discuss whether you consider this site a good tool for learning about American politics.
Chapter 5: Public Opinion and Chapter 6: The Media
If you choose to cover these chapters, begin by visiting either pollingreport.com or RealClearPolitics.com,
PollingReport.com is a nonpartisant source on current trends in public opinion: http://www.pollingreport.com
Real Clear Politics is a source for comparing polling results from several sources. It also aggregates the result from election polls: http://www.realclearpolitics.com
Next, visit the following websites and identify whether it leans to the left or the right; or whether the site represents academic viewpoints that are non-partisan (neither left nor right leanings). Compare and contrast the two groups of sources.
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
The National Review: http://www.nationalreview.com
Truth Out: http://www.truthout.org
The Monkey Cage: http://www.themonkeycage.org
Chapter 7: Political Parties, Participation, and Elections: compare and contrast the information from the following websites:
League of Women Voters: http://www.vote411.org
Project Vote Smart provides information on elections, candidates; and elected officials : http://www.votesmart.org
Chapter 8: Interest Groups: compare and contrast the following websites.
For a list of the ten most important interest groups in America visit: http://listosaur.com/politics/10-powerful-special-interest-groups-america/
The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative organization provides excerpts on lobbying investigations: http://www.publicintegrity.org/news/Lobbying
The Center for Responsive Politics provides the most comprehensive list of interest groups and lobbyist: http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), one of the most powerful associations of legislators and private sector interest groups: http://www.alec.org/
For a full expose on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), visit: http://billmoyers.com/2015/07/24/dark-cloud-of-alec-converges-at-annual-corporate-political-lovefest/
Essays must be submitted through the proper dropbox. Scroll down the page and you will see the instructions and the dropbox.
Upload your work in the dropbox below as a Word document. Work that is not submitted through the assigned dropbox or that is submitted using other software will receive a grade of zero.
All essays must be written using proper English grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Points will be deducted for each spelling, grammatical, syntax, capitalization, and/or punctuation error. Work that that does not meet the minimum word requirement will receive a 0.
Essays are automatically submitted to SafeAssign. Work that SafeAssign identifies as having more than a 10% rate of similarity (plagiarism) after quoted material and small matches (10 words or less) are excluded will not be read and will received a 0.
Attached are the chapters for additional information
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