⏱️ November 7, 2020
Whether you've taken AP Gov before, are in the class right now, or are just browsing on the internet during AP season, you might just come across some AP Gov memes! We've picked a few of the best that are not only funny, but also are relevant to the course content!
Let us know if this trick works with your AP Gov teacher! Sourced from MemeGenerator, creator unknown.
I vividly remember my AP Government teacher putting this up on the board during one of our first classes! Of course, he said homework ISN'T prohibited 😠 by the 8th amendment; in my opinion, that's debatable. 😉
Let's do some review of the content that goes with this meme! The Bill of Rights 📑 contains the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution. This was something the Anti-Federalists wanted to protect the rights of citizens and prevent government overreach.
Here's what the 8th Amendment says:
You can extract two main points from this:
Forcing people to pay excessive amounts of bail or fines is illegal. 💵
Cruel and unusual punishment is not permitted. 🚩
Now, whether homework qualifies as "cruel or unusual punishment"—that's up to you to decide. 😎
Were the Articles of Confederation any good? Nope! Created by Fiveable on MemeGenerator.
I like to think about the Articles of Confederation 📜 as the "terrible first attempt" at a Constitution for our country. The Articles were very weak and did not give the federal government very much power. 😢
One of the main reasons why the founders developed the Articles in this manner was that America had just gotten freedom from a 👑 king! They didn't want the federal government to turn into a monarchy-type government again.
Here are some reasons why the Articles were ineffective:
There was only one branch of government: the legislative. 🏦
This meant that although lawmakers could create laws, there was no one to enforce or interpret them. 🤔
Congress didn't have the authority to tax or control interstate commerce. 💵
There was no national military—each state had a militia (lack of federal control). 🎖️
For the sake of all bears, we hope the founding fathers didn't mean real bears' arms. We think they meant weapons 😉 Image used with permission from Twitter user and teacher @ramosclass.
Ha! We can assure you that the bear is safe, even though the 2nd amendment does guarantee you the right to "bear arms." Unless, of course, the founding fathers meant real bear arms and we've just been reading it wrong for 300 years . . . 🐻
The 2nd amendment states the following:
This amendment protects the right to possess a firearm for self-defense. Additionally, it allows for states to preserve their militias. 🔫
This amendment is often at the center of the gun-control debate, and it has become increasingly controversial in recent years. 💬
In McDonald v. Chicago, a required Supreme Court Case for the AP exam, the Supreme Court incorporated the 2nd amendment. This means that the 2nd amendment would subsequently apply to states, not just the federal government. 🏦
Ha! They can't search without a warrant—remember that! Image used with permission from Twitter user and teacher @ramosclass.
Yup! If they forgot a warrant that's not signed by a 👩⚖️ judge, police cannot legally enter and search your home. This is super important to remember, in real life and for AP Government! 🚓
This meme goes with the 4th amendment in the Bill of Rights. It states the following:
As you can see, the warrant must describe the place 🗺️ to be searched and what needs to be seized. 📜
Another important thing to remember about the 4th Amendment is the exclusionary rule. ❎
The exclusionary rule states that if police obtain some piece of evidence illegally (ex: without a warrant), prosecutors cannot use that evidence against you in court. ⚖️ An interesting case that goes with this rule is Mapp v. Ohio. Although it isn't one of the required court cases, it did establish this important rule! 📑
We hope you enjoyed these memes and learned something while you were at it! Good luck on your AP Gov exam! 🎉
🙏 Free Reviews 2020
Required Founding Documents
Required Supreme Court Cases
🏛 Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
1.5Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
1.7Relationship Between States and the Federal Government
1.8Constitutional Interpretations of Federalism
⚖️ Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Interactions Among Branches of Government
2.2Structures, Powers, and Functions of Congress
2.4Roles and Power of the President
2.8The Judicial Branch
2.11Checks on the Judicial Branch
✊ Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
3.2First Amendment: Freedom of Religion
3.6Amendments: Balancing Individual Freedom with Public Order and Safety
3.7Selective Incorporation & the 14th Amendment
3.8Amendments: Due Process and the Rights of the Accused
3.11Government Responses to Social Movements
🐘 Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
🗳 Unit 5: Political Participation
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
AP Gov FRQ: Argument Essay Review (2020)
FRQ: Conceptual Analysis
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