Video Exercises

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Watch the videos below and answer the questions that follow.

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by the Founders, setting the recently established country on a new political course. The establishment of Constitution Day was intended to officially recognize this event, to continue the legacy, and to help develop habits of active citizenship in a new generation of Americans.

Happy Constitution Day
Produced by the American Civil Liberties Union
September 16, 2008

1a. Did you know about Constitution Day prior to watching this video? Do you think it should be a more important day for Americans? Why or why not?
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Is there one particular provision of the Constitution or a constitutional amendment that you feel is most important or that has the greatest impact on your life? Which one, and why?
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South Park is an animated television comedy series, created and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which airs on Comedy Central. The show is known for its satirical portrayals of current and past political events, among other topics.

In the segments below from the episode called “I’m a Little Bit Country,” the character Cartman experiences a flashback to the colonial era and witnesses the Continental Congress debate whether or not to go to war against Great Britain.

Watch the videos below and answer the questions that follow.

Selections from “I’m a Little Bit Country”
South Park
Originally aired on Comedy Central, April 9, 2003.

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Although this is a parody of how the Founding Fathers actually debated key elements of the Declaration of Independence, what central issues and concepts were being discussed?
2b.
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What sort of satirical commentary on modern-day politics in the United States do you think these video segments were making? Do you agree with this commentary? Why or why not?

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