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 Madison and Jefferson want to do about judges?

2. What kind of political thought was flourishing in the 1770s in America?

3. What was James Madison's feeling about the compromise?

4. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?

5. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Great Compromise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What role did Alexander Hamilton see for a strong federal government?

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

Describe the opposition to the ratification of the Constitution. What were the objections to the ratification of the Constitution? How unified were the opponents of ratification?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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