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

3. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?

4. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?

5. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe James Wilson's speech.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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