The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Test | Lesson Plans 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. Which form of government includes direct voting by the people?

2. Alexander Hamilton gave a speech that expressed what value?

3. What reason did Mr. Mason give for the view he presented at the convention?

4. What happened to the motion not to give government officers salaries?

5. What reason did delegates give for Senators being elected in state legislatures?

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 were the proposals for the requirements for citizenship?

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

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

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

6. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

7. What were the "Federal Farmer's" arguments regarding ratification?

8. What was the Virginia Plan?

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

10. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Great Compromise created the bicameral legislature. How else did the practice of compromise affect the drafting and ratification of the Constitution? What issues were ultimately compromised on? What issues were not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How was the Constitution changed by the ratification process? What was added? What was taken away? How did this affect the balance of powers between the states and the federal government?

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