Define conservatism

Page 1 of 2

GOVT 2305

Exam 3 Essay Question

Fall 2018

Political Ideology Essay (40 points)

Write your essay in advance of the exam and bring it with you to class on the day of the exam.

Your essay should have a cover page. DO NOT put your name on each page!

The essay should be typed and double-spaced, with standard margins. (You can do a credible job on this in 2.5 to 3 pages.)

Do your own work! No copying and pasting from the internet, text, article or anyone else’s paper! That is plagiarism! I will award you a ZERO (0) on the essay for this.

The major political ideologies in the U.S. are liberalism and conservatism. But in lecture,

we discussed various Democratic ideologies (e.g., libertarianism, environmentalism, etc.)

as well as anti-Democratic ideologies (e.g., fascism, Marxism, socialism, etc.).

Write an essay that addresses ALL of the points below.

1. Define liberalism. Give three examples of policies a liberal would support. Why do liberals support these policies? Which political party is associated with

liberalism in the United States? (10 points)

2. Define conservatism. Give three examples of policies a conservative would support. Why do conservatives support these policies? Which political party is

associated with conservatism in the United States? (10 points)

3. Place yourself along the ideological spectrum. Are you liberal? Conservative? Libertarian? Socialist? Other? Give three examples of policies you support (or

oppose) to explain your position. Why do you support / oppose the policies you

listed? (20 points)

Page 2 of 2

Need help placing yourself on the ideological spectrum?

Follow the link below to take the Pew Research Center’s Political Typology Quiz.

Political Typology Quiz

The results may be useful to you as you formulate your essay for Exam 3.