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 did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?

2. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?

3. What is the current residency requirement for citizenship?

4. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?

5. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the proposals for the requirements for citizenship?

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

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

4. What did the dissenters say after losing the ratification vote in the Pennsylvania convention?

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

6. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

7. What was the Constitutional Convention's debate over the slave trade, and how was it resolved?

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

9. How did the signing of the Constitution go?

10. Describe James Wilson's speech.

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

As the delegates were ready to sign the Constitution, Mr. Gerry and Mr. Mason both made objections and predicted dire consequences if the Constitution gave too much power to the federal government. Have their predictions come true? Have their concerns been borne out?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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