The Georgia Constitution Exam is administered by the GSW Testing Center. The exam consists of 25 multiple choice and/or true-false questions. The student is not allowed to use any books or notes while taking the exam. The minimum passing score for the exam is 60%. Students not making the required score may retest again.
Students must complete the Georgia Constitution exam here at the Testing Center.
Students may NOT receive course credit for this exam.
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Charles S. Bullock III and Ronald Keith Gaddie, Georgia Politics in a State of Change, 2nd Edition, Pearson Publishing, ISBN 978-0-205-86467-6. Students should read the entire book. The book can be purchased at the GSW bookstore or through Amazon.com
This study is guide is to be used as a supplement to Bullock and Gaddie, Georgia Politics in a State of Change, 2nd Edition. The study guide spells out the major themes in each chapter and lists key people, events, movements, and trends in Georgia History.
Overview of Georgia Politics (Chapters 1-3)
In this unit, the student will survey Georgia politics from the era of Eugene Talmadge to the present, noting the relationship between Georgia’s geography and politics, the former dominance of the Democratic Party, and the ascendency of the Republican Party in the state.
Key Terms: Tom Watson, bifactional politics, Eugene Talmadge, Three Governor’s Controversy, Numan Bartley’s three geographic regions, economic implications of the fall line, the Atlanta Core, Bo Callaway, Goldwater phenomenon, Lester Maddox, Newt Gingrich, Matt Mattingly
Constitutions and the General Assembly (Chapters 4-5)
In this unit, the student will identify the fundamental characteristics of Georgia’s state constitutions, and look at the personnel, party leadership, processes, changes, and norms of the Georgia General Assembly.
Key Terms: the features and grants of power for Georgia’s Trustee charter and each constitution from the constitution of 1777 to the constitution of 1983, the Georgia constitutional amendment process, the legislative process, cleavages
Executive Branch and the Judicial System (Chapters 6-7)
In this unit, the student will analyze the responsibilities, powers, and other constitutional offices of the executive branch of the Georgia state government, and will investigate the structure of Georgia’s court system, trace various judicial proceedings, and learn about judicial selection and conduct.
Key Terms: terms of the governor, governor’s responsibilities, role and responsibilities of the lieutenant governor, role and responsibilities of the secretary of state, role and responsibilities of the attorney general, the function of superior courts, the function of probate courts, the function of magistrate courts
Local Government and Voting Rights (Chapters 8-11)
In this unit, the student will compare and contrast the structure and responsibilities of county, municipal, and local governments, and track the changes in Georgia’s voting practices, with special emphasis on gerrymandering and redistricting.
Key Terms: Dillon’s Rule, county commissioners, SPLOST, Georgia Voter Photo ID, county unit system
Parties, Interest Groups, and the Electoral Process (Chapters 12-14)
In this unit, the student will examine the role that political parties and interest groups play in Georgia politics and in the electoral process. The student will also review the importance of education policy in Georgia.
Key Terms: types of interest groups, primary participation/turnout