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U.S. Midterm Elections - Contest
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by June Yazel
| 16 Questions
Note from the author:
MidTerm Elections, while typically viewed as unimportant to most Americans, are crucial for the sitting president and his party. This formative explains why and challenge students to think critically about the upcoming MidTerm election and predict if history will repeat itself based on historic trends and current poliical thought.
Students will be able to:
- explain why MidTerm elections are important
- discuss the history of midterm election results
- identify 5 factors that influence MidTerm Election results
- identify elements that lead to voter apathy and/or increased interest during midterm elections
- apply this critical thinking skills to analyze current data and it's impact on the up coming midterm elections


Short answer's need to follow our short answer response format:
1. Restate the question and make a claim
2. Explictily cite evidence from the text (video, article, webpage, textbook, lecture etc) The text says...
3. explain how the evidence supports your claim
Remeber you can cite multiple pieces of evidence to make your claim stronger!
1
1 pt
Who were the two presidents in recent history to buck that trend?
A Obama
B Bush
C Trump
D Clinton
2
1 pt
According to the video, what usually always happens during mid term elections
A The president is thrown out of office.
B The congress starts over with all new members.
C The ruling party wins more seat in congress.
D The ruling party loses the majority in congress.
3
1 pt
What were their approval ratings?
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4
1 pt
What is President Trumps approval rating? (google it!) What can you infer from that?
5
1 pt
How many seats in the House of Representatives? According to the video, how many does Trump currently have and how many does Trump have to lose to flip the majority in the house?
Check out the charts on this page
6
1 pt
Based on these charts, Trumps approval rating and the number of seats he must lose to lose control in the senate, do you think he will lose control of the congress? Why or why not - Use our short answer format and Give an example! (look at the number of seats typically lost at midterm elections - remember Congress referd to BOTH the House and the Senate)
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7
1 pt
Summarize Hip Hughes' 2nd main point about midterm elections.
8
1 pt
Considering President Trump's approval rating, what does that mean for the number of house seats he may win or lose? Use our short answer format and Give an example!
Read the article on this page about midterm elections and approval ratings and then answer Question 12
9
1 pt
Catagorize the following items as to whether it will help or hurt republican turnout for this midterm election.
  • Help Republican Turnout/Hurt Democratic Turnout
    Answer by dragging items here
  • Hurt Republican Turnout/Help Democratic Turnout
    Answer by dragging items here
  • Hard to Tell...
    Answer by dragging items here
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10
1 pt
What is Gerrymandering? Use our short answer format and Give an example!
11
1 pt
Does Gerrymandering help or hurt Trump (or any incumbant in midterm elections)
Hurts
Helps
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12
1 pt
How many Senators are in the Senate? How many are up for re-election at a time?
13
1 pt
Hughes said it is "Russian Rolette" in respect to which Senate seats are highly contested each election. Which party is fighting more to hold on to Senate seats? What does this mean in terms of whether the Republicans can maintain a majority or not? Use our short answer format and Give an example!
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14
1 pt
If the Republicans lose the majority in the Senate, what important power do they lose? Use our short answer format and Give an example!
15
1 pt
How can independents sway an election? Use our short answer format and Give an example!
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16
1 pt
Based on everything you now know about MidTerm Elections (past history, approval ratings, Gerrymandering, Senate election cycles, and Independents) at this time, do you believe Trump and the Rebiblicans will be able to hod on the the majority in Congress? Hint: each topic covered in the video will serve as its own body paragraph. An introduction and conclusion are also required.

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