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 a legitimate government require, in James Madison's opinion?

2. Who proposed that government officers not receive salaries?

3. What did the New Jersey Plan allow the federal government to do?

4. What power was missing from the Articles?

5. Who was particularly concerned about the Virginia Plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was the Virginia Plan?

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

7. What were some positions delegates took on the New Jersey Plan?

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

9. What were the forms of government being considered at the Constitutional Convention?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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