Sample prompts for Supreme Court comparison FRQ

Roscoe Pound, former dean of Harvard Law School, famously said “The law must be stable but must not stand still.”  Designers of the Supreme Court comparison FRQ for the AP government exam must have been listening.

Consistent with the expectations for this response, I’ve created a few sample prompts, each of which includes one the of the 15 required cases along with a case related to it.

I will add to this list leading up to the exam. Here is a chart with all of the cases– facts, holdings, precedents and significance.

(I’ve also posted samples for the argument essay FRQ here )


Freedom of Speech

Sample Prompt  Cohen v. California (1971) and Schenck v. United States (1919)


Right of Privacy-14th Amendment Due Process Clause

Sample Prompt:  Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) and Roe v. Wade (1973)

Grading notes

14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause

Sample Prompt:  Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)


Freedom of Speech

Sample Prompt:  Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and Citizens United v. FEC (2010)


Commerce Clause

Sample Prompt: Gonzalez v. Raich (2004) and U.S. v. Lopez (1995)


Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton



Should we always tell the truth?

Teach Different with Essential Questions.


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