Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System


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How would someone who understands the American belief in equality and is on the lookout for violations of this principle, interpret the story of a hardworking high school student who applied but was not accepted to any college?

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1. A key American belief is that citizens are in partnership with their government. Within this relationship, the government guarantees rights to the citizens, and the citizens have responsibilities to the government. This belief about our political system is called _____.

2. Tamara explains to her little sister that in the U.S. citizens take part in the government through their elected representatives. What key American concept is Tamara explaining?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What common beliefs are held by Americans about the political system by which they abide? In the quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Americans and their government each have certain responsibilities to uphold. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of the most common expectations Americans have of their government, and the implications that arise.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet contain the following:

  • The belief that means people have the same chances to compete and achieve in this country, but it doesn't mean everyone will obtain the same results
  • American belief that means citizens are in partnership with their government
  • What belief means that Americans have the right to be free without total freedom

Skills Practiced

Students engaging in this lesson can expect to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Americans' political frames of reference
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about freedom in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about American expectations of the current political system

Additional Learning

The lesson Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System, together with its companion quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Explore ways in which constitutional amendments have attempted to improve equality in the United States
  • Examine the role of individual responsibility in a democracy
  • Discuss how current American political frame of reference stems from colonists' experience with a monarchy