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. What did Mr. Sherman argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?

2. What did Gouverneur Morris argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?

3. Where did Mr. Sherman say election should take place?

4. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?

5. What would happen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?

Short Essay Questions

1. What particular example of separation of powers did delegates argue over?

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

3. In what ways were delegates afraid of executive power?

4. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

5. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

6. Why was democracy unpopular?

7. Why did Benjamin Franklin believe that government officers should not receive salaries?

8. What was the Great Compromise?

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

10. What did delegates fear in the federal government's ability to veto state laws?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Delegates and other leaders published articles for and against ratification after the Constitutional Convention, and they used pen names that were often shared between authors. Why did delegates use pen names, and how was the debate affected by authors hiding themselves behind pseudonyms?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Which of the later amendments to the Constitution were anticipated by delegates and critics of the Constitution during the ratification process? Describe the political and historical context that finally brought about the amendment. Why was 1787 the wrong time for the amendment?

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