Below are 15 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.
AP Government Argument Essay Samples
(NOTE! The exam format for this question has changed slightly. The main change is that students do not have to do a rebuttal to their argument. See College Board website.)
NEW! Congressional roles: Does the delegate or trustee model of Congressional representation best serve the needs of the people as the Framers intended? Prompt
NEW! 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’s 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
More Help with FRQs
Supreme Court comparison FRQ I’ve posted some samples here
FRQ#1 Concept Prompt Here is a sample on the electoral college Here is a response from a student. Despite a few factual inaccuracies, my impression is that she got one point for part A, one point for part B but I couldn’t quite give part C to her because she didn’t clearly relate the amendment process to the concept of federalism. It had to be inferred.
FRQ#2 Quantitative analysis prompt Here is a sample using a Congressional job approval chart. There are three versions due to the fact that I changed part C) to ask for different connections.
“Isolation is a way to know ourselves.” Franz Kafka
Is social distancing healthy for us?
Teach Different with Essential Questions.