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 thoughts did Mr. Wilson express at the convention?

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

3. What did Mr. Mason support at the convention?

4. What did George Mason say he feared, in his argument on June 4?

5. What was the Great Compromise?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did delegates discuss regarding the appointment of judges?

2. What was an argument for electing Senators in state legislatures?

3. What needs did Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia believe the Virginia Plan would satisfy that the Articles did not?

4. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

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

6. Describe the delegates' reaction to the New Jersey Plan.

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

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

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

10. Who opposed the election of Senators by state legislatures, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did the delegates at the Constitutional Convention ensure separation of powers? What measures within the ratified Constitution created the checks and balances that would ensure separation of powers?

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

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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