Topics for Beta & Gamma Essay #2 (Due 17 Nov. in class)

Write an essay on one of these topics:

  1. Criticize or defend this statement: "Gerrymandering of districts, the advantages of incumbency, and the increasing costs of House and Senate election campaigns are evidence that democracy is weakening in America. The only way to gain attention is to donate money to parties or candidates, so politics is for the wealthy. Voting is a waste of time."

  2. Criticize or defend this statement: "We cannot expect Congress to formulate coherent legislation, taxation, or spending policies when the public remains as divided as public opinion polling tells us that it is. Senators and representatives must think of the public interest rather than state, local, or special interests to escape this situation."


The essay should be 800-1000 words in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman or Book Antiqua and not sans serif fonts, like Arial. (While sans serif fonts are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) There must be a separate title page with 1) your name and 2) your student ID number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Text should be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins. Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.


If you have not already reviewed the guidelines for writing a good essay, do so.