Articles Of Confederation--- The Good, Bad And The Ugly

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What do you know about the earliest years of the new nation?


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  • 1. 

    According to the Articles of Confederation, what was the main branch of government?

    • A.

      Congress

    • B.

      President

    • C.

      Courts

    • D.

      States made all of the important decisions

    Correct Answer
    A. Congress
    Explanation
    According to the Articles of Confederation, the main branch of government was Congress. This is because the Articles established a weak central government where Congress held the majority of the power. Congress had the authority to make laws, declare war, negotiate treaties, and manage foreign affairs. It consisted of representatives from each state and served as the primary governing body under the Articles of Confederation.

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  • 2. 

    What was the purpose of the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

    • A.

      Delegates met to discuss the problems of the American Revoultion

    • B.

      Delegates met to discuss the problems of the new govt.- Articles of Confederation

    • C.

      Delegates met to discuss kicking out the state of Rhode Island since they did not show up for the meeting

    • D.

      Delegates met to discuss electing Washington as the first President

    Correct Answer
    B. Delegates met to discuss the problems of the new govt.- Articles of Confederation
    Explanation
    The purpose of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 was for delegates to discuss the problems of the new government under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation had proven to be ineffective in governing the country, leading to economic and political instability. The delegates gathered to address these issues and create a new constitution that would establish a stronger and more efficient federal government.

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  • 3. 

    What is the most important right that a US citizen has in the US?

    • A.

      The right to vote and elect representatives to be a voice for themselves

    • B.

      Write and petition elected officials when a problem or crisis arises

    • C.

      Run for elected political office

    • D.

      All the freedoms in the Constitution are important and we can't just pick one

    Correct Answer
    A. The right to vote and elect representatives to be a voice for themselves
    Explanation
    The most important right that a US citizen has in the US is the right to vote and elect representatives to be a voice for themselves. This right allows citizens to actively participate in the democratic process and have a say in the decision-making of their government. By voting, citizens can choose leaders who will represent their interests and work towards addressing their concerns. This right is crucial in ensuring that the government remains accountable to its citizens and reflects the will of the people.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following would not be a weakness of the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      Congress had no power to tax

    • B.

      Congress had little power

    • C.

      Shay's Rebellion broke out in MA due to taxation/money conflicts

    • D.

      The government was set up to be a strong national government and the states had little power

    Correct Answer
    D. The government was set up to be a strong national government and the states had little power
    Explanation
    The government being set up to be a strong national government and the states having little power would not be considered a weakness of the Articles of Confederation. This is because the Articles of Confederation established a weak central government with most powers being retained by the individual states. This lack of a strong national government was actually one of the main weaknesses of the Articles, as it hindered the ability to effectively govern and address issues at a national level.

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  • 5. 

    How many branches of government were set up in the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    A. 1
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1 because the Articles of Confederation established a unicameral legislature, known as the Congress of the Confederation, as the only branch of government. There was no separate executive or judicial branch in the Articles of Confederation.

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  • 6. 

    Why was the NorthwestOrdinance important to the United States?

    • A.

      It set up a structure for organizing territory in the west- near the Great Lakes

    • B.

      Slavery was banned in the region

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    The Northwest Ordinance was important to the United States because it established a framework for governing and organizing the territories in the western region, particularly near the Great Lakes. Additionally, it played a crucial role in prohibiting slavery in the Northwest Territory. Both aspects of the Northwest Ordinance were significant in shaping the development and expansion of the United States.

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  • 7. 

    What important lesson did the US learn from Shays Rebellion in 1787?

    • A.

      That farmers did not want to pay taxes

    • B.

      The Articles of Confederation was too weak of a government

    • C.

      The army was lacking weapons

    • D.

      The Constitution did not work

    Correct Answer
    B. The Articles of Confederation was too weak of a government
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that the Articles of Confederation was too weak of a government. Shays Rebellion highlighted the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, such as the inability of the central government to raise taxes or maintain an army. This led to the realization that a stronger central government was necessary, ultimately leading to the drafting of the Constitution.

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  • 8. 

    Who was given most of the power under the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      Congress

    • B.

      States

    • C.

      President

    • D.

      National Government

    Correct Answer
    B. States
    Explanation
    Under the Articles of Confederation, the states were given the most power. This decentralized system of government allowed each state to retain its sovereignty and independence. The central government, known as Congress, had limited authority and relied on the states for support and enforcement of laws. This arrangement reflected the fear of a strong central government that had been prevalent among the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. However, the weaknesses of this system eventually led to the adoption of the United States Constitution, which created a stronger federal government.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following was not a major concern under the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      Shays Rebellion

    • B.

      Inflation

    • C.

      Taxes

    • D.

      Diplomacy with other nations- declare war and making peace treaties

    Correct Answer
    D. Diplomacy with other nations- declare war and making peace treaties
    Explanation
    The Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, had several major concerns. Shays Rebellion, inflation, and taxes were all significant issues addressed by the Articles. However, diplomacy with other nations, including the ability to declare war and make peace treaties, was not a major concern under the Articles of Confederation. This is because the central government established by the Articles was weak and lacked the authority to effectively engage in foreign relations.

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  • 10. 

    Western NC lands were divided under the Articles of Confederation and a new state was created. The state did not last due to loyalty to NC--- today this area is located in modern TN. What was the name of the state that was created in 1784? 

    • A.

      State of Franklin

    • B.

      Northwest Ordinance

    • C.

      Shays Farm District

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. State of Franklin
    Explanation
    The correct answer is State of Franklin. Under the Articles of Confederation, the western lands of North Carolina were divided and a new state called the State of Franklin was created in 1784. However, this state did not last long due to loyalty to North Carolina, and the area is now located in modern Tennessee.

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