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Sample Prompts for the Argument Essay FRQ- AP government

Below are 17 samples, each of which includes:

  • A sample essential question which introduces the argument essay prompt on some area of government.
  • A draft prompt including three founding documents that could help shape the students’ arguments.
If you are looking for ways to get your students talking online, here is a really cool conversation strategy I’ve used as a set up for these FRQs.


AP Government Argument Essay Samples

NEW! Media Censorship: Should the government play an active role in the censorship of social media?  Prompt

Congressional roles:  Does the delegate or trustee model of Congressional representation best serve the needs of the people as the Framers intended?  Prompt

Federalism in the Age of Coronavirus: Should the federal government or the states be most responsible for responding to the Coronavirus outbreak?  Prompt

Political Parties:  Do political parties hinder or promote democracy?  Prompt

Congressional oversight:  Is congressional oversight healthy or unhealthy for our system of government?  Prompt

Interest groups: Do interest groups hinder or promote democracy?  Prompt

Civil Rights:  Should the federal government have power over states in the shaping of civil rights policies?  Prompt

Citizen participation: Does citizen participation really matter?  Prompt

Photo IDs and federalism:  Do states have the authority to pass photo identification laws which restrict people‚Äôs ability to vote?  Prompt

Presidential power:  Do executive orders give the president too much power?  Prompt

Gridlock:  Is gridlock healthy or unhealthy for our system of government?  Prompt


Term limits:  Do congressional term limits violate or honor popular sovereignty? Prompt

Primaries and caucuses: Is the presidential nominating process democratic? Prompt


Social Media:  Is social media a healthy way for citizens to participate in our political system?  Prompt

Electoral College:  Should the electoral college be abolished?  Prompt


Representative versus direct democracy: Which is a better vehicle to serve citizen needs– a representative or direct democracy?  Prompt

Independent judiciary:  Is an independent judiciary a threat to or a savior for democracy?  Prompt

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