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Ch 55: HiSET: The Study of American Government

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Watch the fun videos in this chapter to prepare for the government-related questions on the HiSET Social Studies exam. The lessons provide an overview of the U.S. government, including the three branches, principles of democracy and the American Enlightenment.

The Study of American Government - Chapter Summary

Discover the history and purpose of the American government through the lessons in this chapter. The short but comprehensive videos lessons discuss the following:

  • The purpose and types of government
  • The executive, legislative and judicial branches
  • History of American democracy
  • The American Enlightenment
  • Types of political power
  • Principles of democracy
  • Political theories
  • Power shifts

Each chapter includes a fun video lesson taught by an experienced instructor; you can track your pace and transition between the different video pieces with the included video tags. Additional study materials include lesson transcripts that highlight key terms, multiple-choice quizzes and an end-of-chapter exam.

HiSET Social Studies Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam designed to test your knowledge in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The social studies test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions on history, geography, economics and the government. Government-related questions make up about 38% of the test content. This chapter can help you review the fundamentals of the U.S. government in preparation for questions you'll encounter on this test. The test questions may ask you to analyze and evaluate information, distinguish fact from opinion and draw conclusions based off of provided information.

9 Lessons in Chapter 55: HiSET: The Study of American Government
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The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

1. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

The New American Democracy: Definition & History

2. The New American Democracy: Definition & History

In this lesson, we will explore the phenomenon of the 'permanent campaign,' which has changed the face of American democracy. In doing so, we will take a close look at the factors that led to this political development.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

3. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

4. Political Power: Definition, Types & Sources

In this lesson, we will take a close look at political power. We will define the term, examine its elements, and learn about several theories that help determine who gets to use political power.

What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

5. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles

In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

6. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

7. Shifting Power From Majority to Only a Few: Factors & Process

In this lesson, we will explore factors that have shifted power from the majority of voters to specific groups. We'll pay special attention to voter participation, single-issue voters, uninformed citizens, the nomination of candidates, and campaign expenses.

Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

8. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.

The 10th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Examples

9. The 10th Amendment: Definition, Summary & Examples

The 10th Amendment was added to the Constitution to assure reluctant delegates that the Federal Government would not overstep its boundaries. It specifies the federal system in the United States. Very few federal laws, however, are overturned because of the 10th Amendment.

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