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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 reason did Mr. Mason give for the view he presented at the convention?

2. What did the New Jersey Plan allow the federal government to do?

3. What did a legitimate government require, in James Madison's opinion?

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

5. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe George Mason's speech regarding the question of a single or plural executive.

2. What did delegates object to in the Virginia Plan?

3. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

4. What was the heart of the opposition between Federalists and Anti-federalists?

5. What problems were Americans having with the Articles of Confederation?

6. How did Congress vote on the question of whether Congress should have the ability to veto state laws that violate national laws?

7. What needs did Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia believe the Virginia Plan would satisfy that the Articles did not?

8. Why did James Madison argue against the New Jersey Plan?

9. What was the Great Compromise?

10. What was an argument for electing Senators in state legislatures?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Great Compromise created the bicameral legislature. How else did the practice of compromise affect the drafting and ratification of the Constitution? What issues were ultimately compromised on? What issues were not?

Essay Topic 2

As the delegates were ready to sign the Constitution, Mr. Gerry and Mr. Mason both made objections and predicted dire consequences if the Constitution gave too much power to the federal government. Have their predictions come true? Have their concerns been borne out?

Essay Topic 3

How did the Constitution change between its first draft after being compiled, and the final draft that was ratified by the states?

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