Miracle at Philadelphia Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Catherine Drinker Bowen
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which delegate chairs the committee that writes the Articles of Confederation?

2. Which delegate writes and publishes Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania to the Inhabitants of the British colonies?

3. Which delegate took the most comprehensive notes on the Convention meeting?

4. What type of government does Virginia's George Wythe support?

5. Who is Edmund Randolph?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Eight, why does Bowen include an anecdote from Pierce's Reliques?

2. What are the "original principles" according to the delegates?

3. What evidence does Bowen provide to show that the Convention delegates do not intend to reform society, but to create a government for society as it existed?

4. Why does Madison believe popular ratification of the Constitution is essential?

5. What is the difference between the European view of the forest and the American view of the forest?

6. What do the delegates see as the difference between a federal and a national government?

7. What does James Wilson mean by his statement that Federal liberty is to states what civil liberty is to individuals?

8. What are Lansing's arguments in favor of the New Jersey Plan?

9. Why are Patrick Henry and Sam Adams absent from the Convention?

10. What do the delegates to the Convention understand as the meaning of "democracy"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of all the states, Virginia and her delegates hold some of the most prominent positions at the Convention. Why does Virginia have such a prominent part at the Convention? What evidence does Bowen provide to support your claim? In a well-crafted essay, discuss the ways that Virginia's delegates shape the final Constitution, including references to specific presentations, arguments, and decisions.

Essay Topic 2

George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin are all well-known figures in American history. Choose two of these men and write a well-crafted essay that describes their role or roles at the Convention and their impact on the final Constitution. Include a discussion of how each man is viewed by his contemporaries, being careful to support your work with evidence from Bowen's book or contemporary source.

Essay Topic 3

The Bill of Rights is not included in the original Constitution, but is added upon recommendations from the state conventions. In a well-crafted essay, address the reasons why delegates feel a Bill of Rights is not needed in the Constitution. Discuss how the individual amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights are extensions, elaborations, or modifications to specific Articles from the Constitution.

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