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DIRECTIONS: Write an “A” in the blank next to each statement that refers to the Articles of Confederation and a “C” next to each statement that refers to the United States Constitution.

____1. The federal government is divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial.

____2. The Congress is the one and only branch of the federal government.

____3. The Supreme Court decides if laws are constitutional.

____4. A president is elected to head the executive branch of the government.

____5. The federal government does not have the right to collect taxes.

____6. The Congress is made up of two houses, a Senate and a House of Representatives.

____7. The federal government does not have the power to organize a court system.

____8. The president and vice president are indirectly elected by the Electoral College.

____9. The Bill of Rights guarantees basic human freedoms.

____10. The federal government cannot regulate trade.


  1. Who were the Federalists?

  1. Who wrote a book called The Federalist and what is it about?

  1. Why did the Anti Federalists oppose the Constitution?

  1. Why were the Federalists in favor of a strong central government?

  1. What is the most distinctive feature of the United States government, as set forth in the Constitution? The answer includes the number “3”

  2. What important powers did the Constitution leave in the hands of the states?

  1. Summarize the strengths and weakness of the Articles of Confederation.

  1. How did the Northwest Ordinance provide for the country’s expansion?

  1. Outline the details of the Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, Great Compromise, and the Three-Fifths Compromise

  1. Why was the amendment process included in the Constitution?

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