Early Years of the Republic

Study Guide

I.  You should be able to identify and state the historical significance of the following:

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Daniel Shays

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Alexander Hamilton

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James Madison

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Robert Morris

II.  You should be able to define and state the historical significance of the following:

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Newburgh Conspiracy

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Land Ordinance of 1785

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Northwest Ordinances

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Shay's Rebellion

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Virginia Plan

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New Jersey Plan

III. You should be able to describe and explain the historical significance of the following:

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Electoral college

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Three-fifths compromise

IV.  Discussion Questions:

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Discuss the validity of the following assertion: "The government framed by the
Articles of Confederation could have become a strong, workable government. The
Constitution was an unnecessary innovation."

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What problems under the Articles of Confederation prompted some Americans to
call for changes in the structure of government? 

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Discuss the ways in which the issue of slavery was dealt with at the Constitutional
Convention, explain how the disagreements were resolved, and assess the overall
effects of the issue of slavery. 

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Describe the system of checks and balances connecting the three branches of the
U.S. government under the Constitution. 

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How have scholars explained the motivations of the Federalists and Antifederalists? 

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Explain the effects of life under British rule and under the Articles of Confederation
on the design of the government under the Constitution.

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Why didn't the leaders of the American Revolution extend their spirit of equality to the abolition of slavery and giving women the right to vote?

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Compare and contrast the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, especially in regard to the specific powers granted by each to the national government.

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List all the reasons why the Articles of Confederation needed to be replaced in order of importance, starting with the most important reason.  Justify your selection and arrangement.

V. Online Practice Quizzes:

Bailey's American Pageant

Tindall and Shi: America: A Narrative History

Historyteacher:net

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 Quiz A

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 Quiz B

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 Quiz C

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 Quiz on Provisions of the Constitution