1. What is a democracy? Can an individual legitimately disobey the law in a democracy? In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson refers to the consent of the governed. How is this expressed?

2. What is the separation of powers? Why is this important to American Democracy? What happens if one branch of the government stops working?

3. What are human rights? How are they expressed in the US democracy? Does government have the right to eliminate a human right? Are there some rights that indeed are “inalienable” — that cannot be taken away? What are some of them to you?