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This very captivating book by Jean Fritz takes us on the journey of how the constitution was made and the discussions the writers had on the various issues. What can you remember about these great men and the fruits of that constitution they created? Take the quiz and find out.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these is an opinion?

    • A.

      The convention was held in Philadelphia.

    • B.

      At first, not enough states showed up for the convention.

    • C.

      The convention was the most important meeting on American History

    Correct Answer
    C. The convention was the most important meeting on American History
    Explanation
    The statement "The convention was the most important meeting in American History" is an opinion because it expresses a subjective belief or judgment. It cannot be proven or disproven as it is based on personal perspective and evaluation. Different individuals may have different opinions on the importance of the convention, and there is no objective measure to determine its level of significance in American history.

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  • 2. 

    The first thing the convention delegates did was

    • A.

      Escort Benjamin Franklin to the seat of honor.

    • B.

      Elect George Washington convention president

    • C.

      Ask James Madison to take notes during the meeting

    Correct Answer
    B. Elect George Washington convention president
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Elect George Washington convention president." This is because the question is asking about the first thing the convention delegates did, and electing George Washington as the convention president would be the first action taken in organizing the meeting.

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  • 3. 

    What was the problem with the rules the early Congress made?

    • A.

      The problem was there was no way to make the states follow the rules.

    • B.

      The problem was the early Congress made rules that were to harsh on the early settlers.

    • C.

      The problem was the early congress couldn't decide on good rules.

    Correct Answer
    A. The problem was there was no way to make the states follow the rules.
    Explanation
    The early Congress faced a problem with the rules they made because there was no effective mechanism to ensure that the states would comply with these rules. This lack of enforcement led to difficulties in implementing and enforcing the rules, undermining their effectiveness.

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  • 4. 

    Why did Alexander Hamilton think America was a a monster with thirteen heads?

    • A.

      He thought this because each of the thirteen states wanted to elect their own president.

    • B.

      He thought this because the thirteen states were more loyal to themselves than they were to the union.

    • C.

      He thought this because the thirteen states wanted a king to rule them. Perhaps King George's son.

    Correct Answer
    B. He thought this because the thirteen states were more loyal to themselves than they were to the union.
    Explanation
    Alexander Hamilton believed that the thirteen states were more loyal to themselves than to the union because they were focused on their own interests and priorities rather than working together for the greater good of the entire country. This perception of disunity and lack of cohesion among the states led him to compare America to a monster with thirteen heads, symbolizing a fragmented and divided nation.

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  • 5. 

    Why did Hamilton and Washington suggest having a grand convention in Philadelphia?

    • A.

      They wanted the states to send delegates so they could listen to speeches made by the wise Benjamin Franklin.

    • B.

      They wanted the states to send delegates so they could discuss ways to raise money for the war.

    • C.

      They wanted the states to send delegates there to discuss ways of improving the existing government.

    Correct Answer
    C. They wanted the states to send delegates there to discuss ways of improving the existing government.
    Explanation
    Hamilton and Washington suggested having a grand convention in Philadelphia because they wanted the states to send delegates there to discuss ways of improving the existing government. They recognized the need for a stronger central government and wanted to address the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. By gathering representatives from each state, they hoped to have a thorough discussion and come up with solutions to create a more effective and efficient government system.

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  • 6. 

    Why did the convention have to be postponed?

    • A.

      The convention had to be postponed because a hurricane was fast approaching.

    • B.

      The conventions had to be postponed because seven states needed to be present and only two showed up.

    • C.

      The convention had to be postponed because General Washington couldn't make it.

    Correct Answer
    B. The conventions had to be postponed because seven states needed to be present and only two showed up.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the convention had to be postponed because seven states needed to be present and only two showed up. This suggests that the convention could not proceed without the required number of states being present, indicating a lack of quorum.

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  • 7. 

    When the other states arrived what was their excuse for being late?

    • A.

      They blamed the weather, the muddy roads, personal business, and a lack of money.

    • B.

      The British had stopped them at a blockade.

    • C.

      They blamed their delegates for forgetting to come because they were upset with the wording in the constitution.

    Correct Answer
    A. They blamed the weather, the muddy roads, personal business, and a lack of money.
    Explanation
    The other states arrived late and their excuse for the delay was a combination of factors. They blamed the weather and muddy roads, which likely made travel difficult and slow. They also mentioned personal business, suggesting that they had important matters to attend to before joining the meeting. Additionally, they cited a lack of money, indicating that financial constraints may have hindered their ability to travel promptly. Overall, these reasons demonstrate the challenges and obstacles the states faced in reaching the meeting on time.

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  • 8. 

    Why did the delegates keep what was going on during the meeting a secret?

    • A.

      They knew keeping it a secret was the only fair way to do it so that the delegates wouldn't favor Philadelphia.

    • B.

      They were worried that Benjamin Franklin would tell secrets while at a party with the monarchy.

    • C.

      They knew there would be arguments and they didn't want the whole country listening in and taking sides.

    Correct Answer
    C. They knew there would be arguments and they didn't want the whole country listening in and taking sides.
    Explanation
    The delegates kept what was going on during the meeting a secret because they knew there would be arguments and they didn't want the whole country listening in and taking sides. By keeping the discussions private, they could have open and honest debates without external pressure or influence. This allowed them to freely express their opinions and negotiate without the fear of public scrutiny or backlash.

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  • 9. 

    What did the delegates call the document they were working on?

    • A.

      The charter

    • B.

      The plan

    • C.

      The constitution

    Correct Answer
    B. The plan
    Explanation
    The delegates called the document they were working on "The plan".

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  • 10. 

    Why did the delegates use the word "federal" instead of "national"?

    • A.

      People were sensitive about the word "national"

    • B.

      People did not understand what "national" meant

    • C.

      People thought the word "national" sounded rude

    Correct Answer
    A. People were sensitive about the word "national"
    Explanation
    The delegates used the word "federal" instead of "national" because people were sensitive about the word "national." This suggests that there might have been some negative connotations or associations with the term "national" that could have caused discomfort or controversy among the people. Therefore, to avoid any potential backlash or misunderstandings, the delegates opted for the term "federal" instead.

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  • 11. 

    • Another word for nation is

    • A.

      Colony

    • B.

      Country

    • C.

      State

    Correct Answer
    B. Country
    Explanation
    The word "nation" refers to a large group of people who share the same culture, language, and history, and are governed by the same political authority. Another word that can be used to describe a nation is "country". A country is a geographical area that is recognized as an independent political entity and has its own government. Therefore, "country" is the correct synonym for "nation" in this context.

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  • 12. 

    The congress wrote the Articles of Confederation. A confederation is

    • A.

      Group that has come together

    • B.

      Country that has rebelled

    • C.

      Ruler who has made a mistake

    Correct Answer
    A. Group that has come together
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Group that has come together." The congress wrote the Articles of Confederation, which was a document that established a confederation. A confederation is a group of states or countries that have joined together for a common purpose, such as forming a central government while still maintaining their individual sovereignty. Therefore, the answer "Group that has come together" accurately describes the nature of a confederation.

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  • 13. 

    A suggestion was made to congress that all the states send delegates to a Grand Convention. A convention is most like

    • A.

      A celebration

    • B.

      A dinner

    • C.

      A meeting

    Correct Answer
    C. A meeting
    Explanation
    The suggestion made to congress about delegates from all states attending a Grand Convention indicates that it is a gathering where representatives from different states come together to discuss and deliberate on important matters. This aligns with the concept of a meeting, where individuals assemble to exchange ideas, make decisions, and address specific issues. Therefore, a convention is most similar to a meeting rather than a celebration or a dinner, which are more focused on socializing and enjoying oneself rather than discussing and resolving matters of significance.

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  • 14. 

    The delegates did not call the document they were working on a constitution. A constitution is

    • A.

      A list of punishments

    • B.

      A peace agreement

    • C.

      A body of laws

    Correct Answer
    C. A body of laws
    Explanation
    The delegates did not call the document they were working on a constitution because a constitution is a body of laws. It is a set of fundamental principles and rules that govern a country or organization. The document they were working on might have been a draft or a preliminary version of a constitution, but it did not meet the criteria of a fully developed body of laws. Therefore, they did not refer to it as a constitution.

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  • 15. 

    The delegates liked the word "federal" because it did not reduce the power of the states. In this sentence, federal refers to

    • A.

      The government of a single state

    • B.

      The central government shared by states

    • C.

      The government of cities and counties

    Correct Answer
    B. The central government shared by states
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "federal" refers to the central government shared by states. The delegates liked this term because it implies a system where power is distributed between the central government and individual states, without diminishing the authority of the states.

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