About the Author
About Our Author
Larry Krieger earned his B.A. and M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. from Wake Forest University. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Mr. Krieger has taught a variety of AP subjects including American History, World History, European History, American Government, and Art History. His popular courses were renowned for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and helping students achieve high AP exam scores. All of Mr. Krieger’s students scored above a 3, with most students scoring a 4 or a 5. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Mr. Krieger as one of the nation’s foremost AP teachers.
Mr. Krieger’s success has extended far beyond the classroom. He is the author of several widely used American History and World History textbooks, along with REA’s AP Art History test preparation guide. In addition, he has spoken at numerous Social Studies conferences and conducts SAT and AP workshops around the country. His new venture, the AP Crash Courses, is an innovative new series of test preparation books from REA that will help students strategically and effectively prepare for their AP exams.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
REA’s AP U.S. Government and Politics Crash Course is the first book of its kind for the last-minute studier or any AP student who wants a quick refresher on the course. The Crash Course is based upon a careful analysis of the AP U.S. Government and Politics Course Description outline and actual AP test questions.
Written by an expert who has studied the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam content, our easy-to-read format gives students a crash course in the major ideas and events in U.S. government and politics. The targeted review chapters prepare students for the exam by focusing on the important topics tested on the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam.
Unlike other test preps, REA’s AP U.S. Government and Politics Crash Course gives you a review specifically focused on what you really need to study in order to ace the exam. The review chapters offer you a concise way to learn all the important facts, terms, and key themes before the exam.
The introduction discusses the keys for success and shows you strategies to help you build your overall point score. It also gives you a list of Key Terms that you absolutely, positively have to know. Parts Two and Three are composed of chapters offering content and factual reviews. Each chapter presents the essential information you need to know about U.S. Government and Politics.
Part Four focuses exclusively on the format of the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam. Each chapter in this section explains specific strategies for the multiple-choice questions and the free-response essays.
No matter how or when you prepare for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam, REA’s Crash Course will show you how to study efficiently and strategically, so you can boost your score!
If you would like to assess your test readiness for the AP U.S. Government and Politics exam after studying this Crash Course, you can access a complimentary full-length AP U.S. Government and Politics practice exam at www.rea.com/crashcourse. This true-to-format test includes detailed explanations of all answers and will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before taking the actual exam.
Good luck on your AP U.S. Government and Politics exam!
Table of Contents
About This Book v
About Our Author vi
Part I Introduction
Chapter 1 Seven Keys for Success on the AP U.S. Government and Politics Exam 3
Chapter 2 Key Terms 7
Part II Key Content Review
Chapter 3 The Constitution 19
Chapter 4 Federalism 35
Chapter 5 Political Beliefs and Public Opinion 45
Chapter 6 Voters and Voter Behavior 51
Chapter 7 Political Parties 57
Chapter 8 Interest Groups 65
Chapter 9 The Mass Media 75
Chapter 10 Congress 79
Chapter 11 Presidential Elections and the Presidency 93
Chapter 12 The Federal Bureaucracy 107
Chapter 13 The Federal Court System 113
Chapter 14 The Federal Budget and Social Security 121
Chapter 15 Civil Liberties 127
Chapter 16 Civil Rights 139
Part III Key Themes and Facts
Chapter 17 The Top 30 Supreme Court Cases 149
Chapter 18 The Top 10 Acts of Congress 155
Chapter 19 The Top 20 Topics 159
Part IV Test-Taking Strategies
Chapter 20 Strategies for the Multiple-Choice Questions 169
Chapter 21 Strategies for the Free-Response Questions 177