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 delegates oppose in the Virginia Plan?

2. What did opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted think would be the consequence of adopting the proposal?

3. What position did "Publius" advocate?

4. What kind of rulers did James Madison believe the country needed?

5. What did Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the delegates' positions on the question of Senatorial term limits?

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

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

4. What was the Great Compromise?

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

6. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

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

8. What was the benefit of the proposal to elect representatives in the state legislatures?

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

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

How was the Bill of Rights created? Why was it not included in the original draft of the Constitution? Who called for it, and how was it arrived at? How did it change the nature of the Constitution?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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