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 Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?

2. What did Madison and Jefferson want to do about judges?

3. What did the Southern economy rely on at the time of the constitutional convention?

4. What position did "Publius" advocate?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Alexander Hamilton's argument about the need for a central government?

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

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

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

5. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

6. What was the Virginia Plan?

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

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

9. How was the New Jersey Plan an alternative to the Virginia Plan?

10. Name three or more delegates and describe their attitudes toward popular rule.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the paradox that a government needs to be strong in order to protect the people from the government itself. How was this notion handled by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention? What allowances were made so that the government was neither too strong nor too weak? What allowances were made to protect individual freedom?

Essay Topic 2

How did the Constitutional Convention protect states' rights? Discuss three issues as evidence of the Constitutional Convention's protection of the states.

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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