STUDY GUIDE FOR TEST #1
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Prof. Donald M. Gooch
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Test: 5 Short Identifications worth 8 points apiece. 2 Essays worth 30 points apiece.
You must bring a Blue Book and writing utensils to the exam. None will be provided.
Identification: 4– 6 sentences describing the concept fully and demonstrating a working
understanding of its relevance and nature. Should include, in some combination:
definitions, relevant authors, and examples as needed.
POSSIBLE ID’S
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Nash Equilibrium
Prisoner’s Dilemma
Free Rider Problem
Public Good
Political Science
Libertarianism
Utilitarianism
The Difference Principle
Strict Egalitarianism
The State
Nation
Representation
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GDP / GNP
Monetarism
Keynesianism
Supply-Side
Nationalism
Regional Integration
Efficiency
Fairness
Resource Allocation
Liberalism (Hobbes)
Liberalism (Locke)
Greek Democracy
Essays: 1-2 pages that address all the issues pertaining to the question(s). A good
answer will critically explore the main concepts, theories, arguments, and alternatives
related to the question(s) in a well-written, well-organized, and sophisticated exposition.
POSSIBLE ESSAY TOPICS
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The Evolution of Liberalism & Representation w/n the State
Distributive Justice and Its Variants
Political Science as a Discipline and a Mode of Inquiry
Authority vs. Choice in the Government and the Market
Theories of the Market and Implications for Economic Policy
Fairness, Efficiency, and the Tradeoff Question
Collective Action: Problems, Solutions, and Games
Issues in Effective Economic Policy