Political Science All the President Men Questions



1. Watch: All the President’s Men (1976)a. Rating: PG (sexual innuendos, profanity (moderate), alcohol, drugs, and smoking (mild), intense and frightening scenes (mild))

b. Link: http://bit.ly/2vr9fxT (I recommend using captions; the dialogue can be difficult to hear at times)(startle warning at beginning of film)

2. Read: a. U.S. Const. art. I; U.S. Const. art. II (Impeachment)

b. William R. Elliot and William J. Schenk-Hamlin, Film, Politics and the Press: The Influence of ‘All the President’s Men,’ Journalism Quarterly 546 (1977)

.c. Beverly Gage, Deep Throat, Watergate, and the Bureaucratic Politics of the FBI, 24 History 157 (2012)

.d. Albert Broderick, The Politics of Impeachment, 60 American Bar Association Journal 554 (1974).

e. David Roos, How Many US Presidents have faced Impeachment?, HISTORY (2021), https://www.history.com/news/how-many-presidents-impeached.f.This Day in History: July 27, House Begins Impeachment of Nixon, HISTORY (2009), https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/house-begins-impeachment-of-nixon.g. Trump Russia Affair: Key Questions Answered, BBC (July 2019), https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42493918.

Learning Goal: I’m working on a political science writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Learning Goal: I’m working on a political science multi-part question and need guidance to help me learn.


*Goal: I know you have watched the film, read the articles, and analyzed both


Try to complete watch the film and complete the reading before asking questions. Take notes and spend some time reflecting on both!
Include Specifics (e.g. note on specific scene or scenes, insight from article, etc.)

Questions that lead to discussion, rather than simply a yes or no answer (i.e. How? Why?)

a. Remember, you will appreciate this when it is your turn to lead the discussion?

What do you want to know more about? What do you want to hear your classmate’s opinions on?
Compare to what you have learned in other courses or current events (news)
Focus on the scholarship
A part of the film that you found confusing and why


Personal insights (This reminds me of)(I thought that)
Provide analysis
Feel free to get creative! You could comment something such as, “If I were to recreate this film” or “If I had written this film…”
This film/article taught me…
How could this film be used to…?
This film does not accurately portray
The film’s use of x… (lighting, dialogue, etc.)
The author of X article might state that…
Based on the film, people may assume that… (can be positive or negative)
The people/events portrayed in the film…
Comparison to other films we have watched
Critique: you do NOT have to like the film or agree with its point of view! We will always talk about both the positives and negatives
Interpretation with context
I do not think this film portrayed X event well because…
The author of X article accurately analyzed the film…
The author of X article DID NOT accurately analyze the film…
This film does a good job of explain X topic/politician/branch of government.


Do not summarize the movie or articles
Do not ask biographical info. about the film (“Who directed this film”)
Broad question: “What is the theme”
Obvious answers (Is this film about Vietnam?)
Ask the same question each week (I will check/know!)
Ask questions before watching/reading
Assume the film is a perfect representation of what it sets out to portray!

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