Study Questions: Chapter 2

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1. What are the three explanations of Canadians’ political ideas and the institutions that embody them?

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2. What is sovereignty-association? How does it differ from separatism in Quebec?

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3. What are the main differences between Canada and the United States in the gun control debate?

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4. How do Canada and the United States compare when it comes to gender and racial equality? Is there a significant difference between the two countries in these two respects?

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5. In what ways does the Canadian government “do more” than the American government?

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6. According to your textbook, do Americans value freedom more than Canadians?

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7. Why should the cultural mosaic and melting pot theses for Canada and the United States, respectively, be accepted with caution?

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8. In what ways are Canadians both more demanding of the state and more passive towards it than Americans?

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9. Explain the arguments made by Newman and Nevitte regarding their perceptions that Canada has shifted from deference to defiance.

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10. What conclusion do Brooks and Ménard make about how the value differences between Canada and the United States are not very great, yet neither are they inconsequential?

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Study Questions: Chapter 3

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1. Why are Canadian unemployment rates generally higher than unemployment rates in the United States?

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2. What is the dominant liberal ideology in Canada?

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3. What has the distribution of income in Canada looked like since the late 1950s?

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4. What are the barriers to socio-economic mobility in Canada?

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5. How is Canada’s corporate elite unrepresentative of Canada’s general population?

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6. What role does the structure of the state play in addressing social inequalities?

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7. How are happiness and level of satisfaction with life among Canadians related to material well-being?

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8. What steps did Canada take en route to self-government?

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9. In what way(s) does Canada demonstrate economic dependence?

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10. How is Canada influenced by American culture

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