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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 1. Analyze the influence of individuals and groups on shaping public policy

Objective a. Analyze the influence of the media on political life

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

2010 NAEP Civics Item:

The following question refers to the quotation below by Thomas Jefferson:

"I would rather have newspapers and no government than government and no newspapers."

Give two examples of how newspapers and other media influence politics and the democratic process.

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Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Direct the students to write a letter to the editor of a newspaper from early U.S. history critiquing the paper’s coverage of an event (such as the Amistad revolt). In the letter, be sure students explain how the newspaper’s subjective coverage of the event might adversely impact public opinion and public policy.

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Selected Response Item

2010 NAEP Civics Item:

The following question refers to the quotation below by Thomas Jefferson:

"I would rather have newspapers and no government than government and no newspapers."

The quotation indicates that Thomas Jefferson was concerned about guaranteeing

  1. mass literacy
  2. a weak central government
  3. the free exchange of ideas
  4. government control of the press
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Correct Answer:
C

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