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None of the above

Which of the following statements regarding the Constitutional Convention is incorrect?

The need for a strong executive

Which of the following was not among the ideas underlying the American Revolution?

had written constitutions

By 1776, eight states

fearful and tumultuous

The public mood in the thirteen states between the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution can best be described as

the media

If a new constitutional convention were called today and the delegates modeled their behavior precisely on that of delegates to the original Constitutional Convention, the first group to be outraged by the delegates' behavior would probably be

Patrick Henry

Who said he "smelled a rat" and would not attend the Constitutional Convention?

is created by the constant of the governed

John Locke suggested that the chief limitation on government should derive from the fact that it

voted for

A majority of the states at the Convention ____ the Great Compromise.


The Great Compromise was supported by the votes of delegates from ____ states.

republic based on a system of representation

The goal of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution was to create a(n)

places limits on majority rule

Relative to the notion of democratic government, the Supreme Court's power of judicial review

relatively few in number

The nature of the amendment process has probably kept the amendments added to the U.S. Constitution


Those powers that are given exclusively to the states are ____ powers.

involves a system of checks and balances in which power is dispersed

Separation of powers and federalism were two key principles in the framing of the U.S. Constitution. These two principles are related in that each


The text suggests the Federalists might more accurately have been called the

its requirements for ratification

The text suggests that perhaps the "most democratic feature of the Constitution" was

too strong and too centralized

Generally, the Antifederalists felt that the government created by the U.S. Constitution was

largely been realized

The Antifederalists voiced several concerns with a strong national government, including the fear that Congress would tax heavily. In general, over time, their fears have

Federalist No. 10

In which notable Federalist paper does James Madison warn against the danger of factions

freedom of speech

All of the following are addressed in the text of the Constitution except

the federal government

The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was intended to limit the power of

freedom of speech

The First Amendment addressed the issue of

It allowed regulation of such trade after 1808

The issue of importation of slaves addressed by the Constitutional Convention is what way?

very little support for it

After reviewing Beard's economic interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, historians found

If you owned IOUs, you had a strong economic motive for wanting the national government to survive

A number of the Framers of the U.S. constitution held government IOUs. Why should ownership of government debt have influenced a Framer's support for the Constitution?

hold the president and his party accountable

A reduction in the separation of powers might also assist voters in that they would be able to

dissatisfies most of the major participants

Typically, the result of today's bargaining processes is legislation that

Great Britain

Most proposals to reduce the separation of powers in the U.S. government have as their implicit model the political system of

three-fourths of state legislatures

Most amendments to the U.S. Constitution have been ratified by the vote of

a constitutional amendment that requires a balanced budget each year

An individual who thinks that government does too much, not too little, would be likely to support

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