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 must the government use its power to protect the people from, in James Madison's opinion?

2. What was cut out when the Constitutional Convention doted down part of the Virginia Plan?

3. What did Madison argue for in his letter to George Washington?

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

5. What power was missing from the Articles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the Virginia Plan?

5. What was James Madison's position on the election of the executive?

6. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

7. What was added to the draft of the Constitution?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What values and what practical considerations were written into the Constitution regarding the election of government officials? How did the current electoral system evolve from the first debates through the draft Constitution and then the ratification process? What were the dominant arguments on either side of the debate, and whose values were ultimately written into the Constitution?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

James Madison argued that the government needed wise and virtuous leaders. Debate whether a politician needs to have personal wisdom and virtue, or whether the state can use their talents regardless of their personal qualities so long as they are good leaders.

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