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. In Chapter 10, which delegate makes a long speech about the lack of necessity for a Congress with two branches?

2. In 1787, which American city reminds travelers of London?

3. What is Dr. Franklin's proposal for payment of the executive?

4. In Chapter Seven, which delegate is described as being aware of the importance and significance of the Convention and its business?

5. What is the function of the Committee of the Whole House?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Convention remove the word "national" from the first Virginia Resolve?

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

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

4. What characteristic and accomplishments make Rufus King the most impressive of the delegates from Massachusetts?

5. What is the Committee of the Whole?

6. Why is there a secrecy rule at the Convention?

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

8. How does the report of the Annapolis Commission lead to the meeting of the Convention?

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

10. What do the delegates do when the Convention is not in session?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Bowen refers to interactions between European countries and the United States. What evidence does she present about past events? What evidence does she show about the contemporary situation? What fears do the delegates express about the relationship - past, present, and future - between the states and Europe? How do the relationships between the United States and England and France shape the final Constitution? In a well-crafted essay, describe the relationships between the United States and European countries, with careful attention to how those relationship influence the final Constitution.

Essay Topic 2

What does it mean to be an American in 1787? The delegates to the Convention address this question in various ways. Using the final Constitution as your guide, with supplementing evidence drawn from other chapters in Bowen's book, write a well-crafted essay that describes the delegates' understanding and perception of who is an American and what it means to be an American.

Essay Topic 3

Where does the power reside in the relationship between the people and the government? In a well-crafted essay, compare the way the Articles of Confederation, the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Constitution all answer that question. What are the reasons for the different responses? How is the final choice for the Constitution made?

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