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 position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?

2. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?

3. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?

4. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?

5. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did "Brutus" argue concerning standing armies?

4. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island recommend after their ratification conventions?

5. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

6. What was at issue as delegates debated the qualifications for suffrage?

7. Describe Patrick Henry's second speech to the Virginia legislature.

8. Who objected to the Constitution and why did they object?

9. Describe Patrick Henry's first speech to the Virginia legislature.

10. What was James Madison's position on the election of the executive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the opposition to the ratification of the Constitution. What were the objections to the ratification of the Constitution? How unified were the opponents of ratification?

Essay Topic 3

Which of the later amendments to the Constitution were anticipated by delegates and critics of the Constitution during the ratification process? Describe the political and historical context that finally brought about the amendment. Why was 1787 the wrong time for the amendment?

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