pol215 r5 foundations worksheet week1 J Essay

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Foundations of the U.S. Federal Government Worksheet

Complete the following chart by identifying the three branches of government and their entities.

U.S. Constitution



























Short Answer

Respond to each question in 75 to 100 words.

1. What are some of the historical events that shaped the formation of the U.S. federal government? Select one event you think had a major effect on the federal government. How does this event affect U.S. citizens today?

In my opinion the most important
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All framers shared the same ideas and goals that consisted of controlling lower forms of human behavior while still allowing citizens to have a voice when making laws. The philosophy and ideas of Thomas Hobbes influenced the Federalist during the early formation of U.S law, which helped in the creation and adoption of the U.S federal constitution in 1787. Thomas Hobbes ideas of laws, politics and philosophical theories are still being taught around the U.S today.
Another early philosophical contributor to the U.S was James Madison. James Madison was able to clearly formulate societal problems in terms of fractions and groups that peruse their own interests without thinking of society as a whole. James Madison’s ability to see societal issues as fractions and groups led to the creation of constitutional devices that would force various interests to check and control one another such as the three government branches (executive, legislative, and judicial).




3. What is the main function of the legislative branch? What role does the executive branch play in the formation of laws? Summarize how these two branches work together.

The legislative branch consists of the House of Representatives and the senate. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states. The senate contains 100 elected members which is divided…

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