The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?

2. What did Randolph argue at the convention?

3. What did George Mason argue in the debate of June 4?

4. Why did delegates argue for a judicial veto power?

5. What complaints were lodged against the proposal to elect Senators in state legislatures?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

2. What was the Virginia Plan?

3. Describe Patrick Henry's first speech to the Virginia legislature.

4. What were the views on either side of the question of electing representatives?

5. What did "Brutus" argue concerning standing armies?

6. What positions did the delegates take on the election of the executive?

7. How did Publius respond to Anti-Federalist concerns about tyranny in the Constitution?

8. What did Melancton Smith criticize in Senatorial terms?

9. Which delegates took positions on the term and election of the federal executive and what were their positions?

10. What paradox does James Madison articulate about the need for a strong federal government?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What was the heart of the opposition between Federalists and Anti-federalists? Using three or four key issues, describe the fundamental differences between Federalists and Anti-federalists.

Essay Topic 2

How did the Constitutional Convention protect states' rights? Discuss three issues as evidence of the Constitutional Convention's protection of the states.

Essay Topic 3

Explore the paradox that a government needs to be strong in order to protect the people from the government itself. How was this notion handled by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention? What allowances were made so that the government was neither too strong nor too weak? What allowances were made to protect individual freedom?

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