A Weak Federal Governmnet, Shays's Rebellion, And The Constitutional Convention

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  • 1. 

    The first government in the "united" states was set up in _______.

    • A.

      1781

    • B.

      1776

    • C.

      1871

    • D.

      1981

    • E.

      1492

    Correct Answer
    A. 1781
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1781 because this was the year when the Articles of Confederation were ratified, establishing the first government in the "united" states. This government, however, was weak and eventually replaced by the Constitution in 1789.

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  • 2. 

    What were the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      A law that described the government in Britain

    • B.

      A story in an old newspaper

    • C.

      A law that described the first government of the United States

    • D.

      The clothes that the American colonists wore

    Correct Answer
    C. A law that described the first government of the United States
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A law that described the first government of the United States." The Articles of Confederation were a set of laws that established the first national government in the United States after the American Revolution. They were in effect from 1781 to 1789 and provided a framework for the functioning of the new nation. However, the Articles of Confederation had several weaknesses, leading to the eventual creation of the United States Constitution.

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  • 3. 

    What is the legislature?

    • A.

      A part of the government that makes the laws

    • B.

      A person that writes the laws

    • C.

      The highest law making body in Britain

    Correct Answer
    A. A part of the government that makes the laws
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A part of the government that makes the laws." The legislature refers to a branch or part of the government that is responsible for creating, debating, and passing laws. This branch is typically made up of elected representatives who represent the interests of the people and work together to develop and enact legislation. The legislature plays a crucial role in the democratic process by ensuring that laws are created in a transparent and representative manner.

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  • 4. 

    What were the four problems with the Articles of Confederation?

    • A.

      There was no president

    • B.

      There were 2 presidents

    • C.

      There were no courts to solve the problems among the different states

    • D.

      There was a legislature, but it didn't have the power to tax people. It couldn't raise money.

    • E.

      Each state had its own money

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. There was no president
    C. There were no courts to solve the problems among the different states
    D. There was a legislature, but it didn't have the power to tax people. It couldn't raise money.
    E. Each state had its own money
    Explanation
    The four problems with the Articles of Confederation were: the absence of a president, the lack of courts to resolve disputes between states, the limited power of the legislature to tax and raise funds, and the existence of individual state currencies.

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  • 5. 

    True or False. In the federal government, the legislature is also called "Congress."

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because in the federal government, the legislature is indeed referred to as "Congress." Congress is the branch of government responsible for making laws and consists of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. The term "Congress" is commonly used in the United States to refer to the legislative branch at the federal level.

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  • 6. 

    What are "debts"?

    • A.

      Money people pay to the government

    • B.

      Money owed

    • C.

      People sent to a meeting to represent others

    • D.

      A time of great difficulty when change must come

    Correct Answer
    B. Money owed
    Explanation
    Debts refer to money that is owed by individuals or organizations. It is a financial obligation that arises when someone borrows money or receives goods or services on credit with the agreement to repay it in the future. The answer "Money owed" accurately describes the concept of debts as it highlights the essential aspect of owing money to someone else.

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  • 7. 

    One day in 1786, a group of angry farmers, led by __________ _____________, marched with guns to a courthouse.

    • A.

      Paul Revere

    • B.

      George Washington

    • C.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D.

      Marquis de Lafayette

    • E.

      Daniel Shays

    Correct Answer
    E. Daniel Shays
    Explanation
    In 1786, a group of angry farmers, led by Daniel Shays, marched with guns to a courthouse.

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  • 8. 

    After Daniel Shays and the farmers marched with guns to the courthouse, what did the governor do?

    • A.

      Asked for help from the British

    • B.

      Asked for help from the French

    • C.

      Asked for help from Spain

    • D.

      Asked for help from the federal government

    • E.

      Asked for help from the Native Americans

    Correct Answer
    D. Asked for help from the federal government
    Explanation
    After Daniel Shays and the farmers marched with guns to the courthouse, the governor asked for help from the federal government. This suggests that the governor sought assistance from the central governing authority of the country, indicating that the situation was beyond the control of the state government.

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  • 9. 

    True or False. The government did not have enough money to pay the troops.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement "The government did not have enough money to pay the troops" is true. This suggests that the government was facing a financial shortage and could not fulfill its obligation to pay the troops. This could have various implications, such as delayed or reduced payments, which could potentially impact the morale and well-being of the troops. It highlights a financial constraint that the government was experiencing at that time.

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  • 10. 

    What did Shays's Rebellion show Americans?

    • A.

      That they needed a weaker government

    • B.

      That they needed to pay their troops

    • C.

      That they needed a stronger government

    • D.

      That they needed to persecute all farmers

    • E.

      That they needed to call on the British for help

    Correct Answer
    C. That they needed a stronger government
    Explanation
    Shays's Rebellion was a revolt by farmers in Massachusetts in 1786-1787. It highlighted the weaknesses of the existing government under the Articles of Confederation. The rebellion showed Americans that they needed a stronger government to maintain law and order, protect property rights, and prevent uprisings like Shays's Rebellion from occurring in the future. The rebellion demonstrated the necessity of a central authority with the power to effectively address issues and maintain stability within the country.

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  • 11. 

    What are "delegates"?

    • A.

      The central government that unites the states

    • B.

      A time of great difficulty when change must come

    • C.

      People sent to a meeting to represent others

    • D.

      The meeting that decided what should be in the Constitution

    Correct Answer
    C. People sent to a meeting to represent others
    Explanation
    Delegates are individuals who are chosen or appointed to attend a meeting or conference on behalf of others. They are sent to represent the interests, opinions, or views of a group or organization. In the context of this question, delegates refer to people who are selected to attend a meeting and speak on behalf of others. They are responsible for conveying the concerns and perspectives of the individuals they represent during the meeting.

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  • 12. 

    What happened on May 25, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

    • A.

      The First Continental Congress meeting was held

    • B.

      The Second Continental Congress meeting was held

    • C.

      The Battle of Yorktown

    • D.

      The Constitutional Convention took place

    • E.

      The British surrendered to General Washington

    Correct Answer
    D. The Constitutional Convention took place
    Explanation
    On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was a significant event in American history where delegates from different states gathered to draft the United States Constitution. The convention lasted for several months and resulted in the creation of the framework for the American government that is still in place today. It was a crucial step towards establishing a more unified and effective federal government in the newly formed United States.

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  • 13. 

    Which leaders attended the Constitutional Convention?

    • A.

      George Washington

    • B.

      James Madison

    • C.

      Benjamin Franklin

    • D.

      Alexander Hamilton

    • E.

      George Bush

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. George Washington
    B. James Madison
    C. Benjamin Franklin
    D. Alexander Hamilton
    Explanation
    The leaders who attended the Constitutional Convention were George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton. These individuals were key figures in the formation of the United States and played significant roles in shaping the Constitution. George Washington, as the president of the convention, provided strong leadership. James Madison, often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," contributed greatly to the drafting of the document. Benjamin Franklin brought his wisdom and diplomatic skills to the convention, while Alexander Hamilton provided intellectual and ideological support.

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  • 14. 

    The delegates who founded the U.S. government are also known as the _______ _________.

    • A.

      Best Dance Crew

    • B.

      Founding Fathers

    • C.

      First Presidents

    • D.

      Redcoats

    • E.

      New Orleans Saints

    Correct Answer
    B. Founding Fathers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Founding Fathers" because these delegates were the individuals who played a crucial role in establishing the United States government. They were responsible for drafting and signing important documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The term "Founding Fathers" is commonly used to refer to these influential figures in American history.

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  • 15. 

    True or False. A rebellion is a smaller fight than a revolution.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A rebellion is indeed a smaller fight compared to a revolution. A rebellion typically involves a smaller group of people who rebel against a specific authority or cause, often with the aim of bringing about change within a specific region or community. On the other hand, a revolution is a much larger and more widespread movement that seeks to completely overthrow an existing system or government. It involves a larger scale of participation and often results in significant societal, political, and economic transformations. Therefore, it can be concluded that a rebellion is generally considered to be a smaller fight than a revolution.

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  • 16. 

    Why did Shays's Rebellion make leaders feel they needed a stronger government?

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