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 method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?

2. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?

3. What did Rhode Island propose in its ratification process?

4. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

5. What imbalance gave James Madison cause for worry about ratification in the states?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe James Wilson's speech.

4. How did the signing of the Constitution go?

5. What was dropped from the draft of the Constitution?

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

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

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

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

10. What were the different views on the question of ratification of the Constitution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How did the Constitution change between its first draft after being compiled, and the final draft that was ratified by the states?

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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