The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Test | Final 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 was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?

2. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the Congress should not have?

3. What did "Federal Farmer" say the current Constitution would lead to?

4. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?

5. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Publius respond to Anti-Federalist concerns about tyranny in the Constitution?

2. What did "Brutus" argue on the problem of representation in a large country?

3. How did the signing of the Constitution go?

4. What positions did the delegates take on the election of the executive?

5. What was John DeWitt's argument regarding the will of the people?

6. What position did "Centinel" take regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

7. Describe James Wilson's speech.

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

9. What was Mr. Mason's objection to the Constitution?

10. What was added to the draft of the Constitution?

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

Delegates and other leaders published articles for and against ratification after the Constitutional Convention, and they used pen names that were often shared between authors. Why did delegates use pen names, and how was the debate affected by authors hiding themselves behind pseudonyms?

Essay Topic 3

How were populous states and small states treated differently by the Constitutional Convention? What issues divided them, and how did they balance their interests in the national government?

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