AP.jpg AP Government and Politics Exam Guide for Unit II


Each of the links below contain all of the Wilson Study Guides for each chapter (featuring outlines, matching, true/false, multiple choice, and SRQs) that came from the 12th edition of the Wilson workbook. The multiple choice questions found on your unit exam may be taken from this bank of questions...study and review all of them in order to prepare!

Chapter 4 Study Guide
Chapter 5 Study Guide
Chapter 7 Study Guide
Chapter 8 Study Guide


The following SRQ (Short Response Questions) are the actual questions that were originally found in the Advanced Placement United States History Exams that have been held since 1999. Learn from the past and anticipate answering similar questions on the AP Exam this year...

2000 Exam - Question 3: The figure below displays voting patterns by state in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections. Using the information in the figure and your knowledge of United States voting behavior, perform the following tasks.
  • Using the map located here, identify one of the numbered regions with strong support for the Democratic presidential candidate and identify and explain two factors that contribute to that support.
  • Using the map located here, identify one of the numbered regions with strong support for the Republican presidential candidate and identify and explain two factors that contribute to that support.

2003 Exam - Question 1: Presidential approval ratings fluctuate over the course of each presidential administration.
  • Identify two factors that decrease presidential approval ratings, and explain why each factor has that effect.
  • Identify two factors that increase presidential approval ratings, and explain why each factor has that effect.

2004 Exam - Question 3: Minor parties (third parties) have been a common feature of United States politics.
  • Describe the point of view expressed about minor paries in the policial cartoon located here.
  • Identify and explain how two rules of the United States electoral system act as obstacles to minor-party candidates winning elections.
  • Minor parties make important contributions to the United States political system in spite of the institutional obstacles to their candidates' success. Describe two of these contributions.

2008 Exam - Question 1: Congressional reapportionment and redistricting are conducted every ten years. When redistricting is conducted, politicians often engage in gerrymandering.
  • Define congressional reapportionment and explain one reason why it is import to states.
  • Define congressional redistricting.
  • Explain two goals of politicians when they gerrymander during redistricting.
  • Describe two limits that the United States Supreme Court has placed on congressional redistricting.

2009 Exam - Question 4: One of the most important ways the news media influence politics is through agenda setting.
  • Define policy agenda.
  • Explain how the national news media engage in agenda setting.
  • Explain the primary reason the president tends to have an advantage over Congress in gaining media attention.
  • Consider the table here (on page 4).
    • Describe the difference in the viewing patterns of older and younger age-groups.
    • Describe the change from 1974 to 2002 in viewing habits that exists for all age categories.
  • Given the information in the table, describe one implication for presidents in their use of the media to promote their political and policy objectives to the American public.

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