POLS101 American Government Class

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #1

Directions

:

It is an Article I (of the U.S. Constitution) s

tudy tool.  Please follow these instructions carefully.

1.

Review the materials in the handouts and text dealing with the “Separation of Powers” and “Checks &

Balances.”

2.

Prepare a research paper that addresses the following issues:

a.

What is the doctrine of

“Separation of Powers”?

b.

Why did the founding fathers believe that a system of “Check and Balances” was an essential

element for inclusion in the Constitution?  This section of the paper must include a minimum of

three  quotes  from  three  people  who  attended

the  Constitutional  Convention?    (Hint:

The

Federalist Papers

).

c.

How  have  recent  developments  in  American  Government  eroded  the  Separation  of  Powers

contained in the Constitution?

d.

Tell me whether you think the Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances a

re a good idea or

not.  Why?  This section should be no more than two paragraphs in length).

Address these issues in a paper of

AT LEAST

f

our

(

4

) pages in length.  The paper should be typed, double

spaced,

1” margins, with a font size no larger than 12 p

oint,  nor  smaller  the  10  point.

Undertake  as  much  outside

research  as  necessary  to  adequately  answer  the  questions  a

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