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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.