ESSAY 1. (length requirement: minimum of 100 words;maximum point value: 10 points)
Go to The Living Room Candidate website at http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/Links to an external site. (If you are not able to access the site, use the Internet Exployer browser.)
You’ll find a collection of television ads used in presidential campaigns from 1952-2016. The ads are organized by year, type and issue. You will see how ads have evolved over time. You’ll also see how candidates use both positive and negative (or “contrast”) ads. In the case of positive ads, candidates focus primarily on their own strengths. In the case of negative ads, candidates draw a contrast between themselves and the opposition, and portray the opposition in a very unflattering light.
Answer the following:
A. Select one campaign ad. Explain the message in the ad and, in your view, the major strengths and/or weaknesses of the ad.
B. In your view, would the ad you selected be helpful to someone who is an undecided voter, that is, someone who is still trying to decide which candidate to vote for? Explain why or why not.
Essay 2. (length requirement: minimum 200 words;maximum point value: 25 points)
A. Go to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Infographics and Visualizations page at
https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations.2017.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
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B. Select three separate 2017 or 2018 Infographics or Visualizations. (Include the titles and years.)
C. Explain why you would consider each individual Infographic or Visualization you selected especially important–so important that you would want to bring the information in each source to the attention of legislators, such as members of Congress, state legislators, and/or local lawmakers (members of city councils, school boards, etc). Address each source separately.
Essay 3 (length requirement: minimum of 100 words;maximum point value: 10 points)
Select a “What If…?” reading in the textbook. (Do not select one assigned for any other assignment in the course.) Explain why you would or would not recommend this article to someone interested in learning more about U.S. government and politics. Include the full title of the “What If…?” and the chapter it is from in your essay.