1. Both the U.S. Constitution and the ideas at the heart of American politics are filled with contradictions. Describe at least three of these contradictions. Have they been resolved, and if so, how? If not, how have these issues lingered on in U.S. political culture?
2. American federalism is a constant balancing act. Why? Define what federalism is, explain why it developed, and describe what you believe are its political strengths and weaknesses. Do you think federalism should be reformed in any way, or not? Explain.