Miracle at Philadelphia Test | Final 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. What is the purpose of the Committee of Detail?

2. Which delegate is the only Northerner at the Convention who refuses to sign the Constitution?

3. What shocks European visitors to the Southern states?

4. Why is the Province of Maine worried about the new Constitution?

5. Which is the first state to ratify the Constitution?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between the British and American views of the farmer during the eighteenth century?

2. In the discussion on ratification, why does Edmund Randolph announce that he dissents from the whole system?

3. Why aren't the delegates upset by the idea of a monarchy as a form of government?

4. How are George Washington and James Wilson connected to the Western Territories?

5. Why does Franklin argue that delegates approve the Constitution even if they have objections?

6. What are the arguments presented against including a Bill of Rights in the Constitution?

7. What do Randolph and the other members of the Committee of Detail think are necessary elements for a well-composed Constitution?

8. Why is it difficult for the delegates to define treason?

9. What is the basis for the arguments presented by the Anti-federalists in Massachusetts?

10. Why is slavery an issue at the Convention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The delegates to the Convention brig with them vivid memories of the recent events that accompany their separation from England. Their memories and feelings help shape the Constitution. Choose three historical events mentioned in Bowen's text and describe how each event is viewed by the delegates, as well as how the memory of the event influences delegates in their construction of the Constitution.

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