A NEW NATION
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questions below. If there is no highlighted link in the question, the answer can
be found at the site of the previously highlighted link.
OUR EARLY GOVERNMENT
Before the Constitution was drafted, a document called The Articles
of Confederation was in effect.
A. On what
date were the Articles adopted?
B. On what
date did the Articles become operative?
2. What did the Articles
establish between and among the 13 states?
3. Under the Articles, for
what 3 things was Congress responsible?
4. List 3 things the Articles did
not allow Congress to do.
Read the article on Daniel
Shays in order to get a background for the following
5. Shays' Rebellion made leaders of our nation stand
up and take notice. The
Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held to make the Articles of
Confederation better and stronger. The members of the Convention instead decided
to draft a new constitution.
A. How many
states had to approve this constitution before it went into
B. How many states ended up
6. Which states
were the first 5 to ratify the Constitution? (hint: You will have to scroll down
and read carefully to find these!Keyword: Ratification)
7. Which was the
ninth state to ratify the Constitution?
8. Which were the last two states
to ratify the Constitution?
9. Why were some people against ratifying
10. In order to avoid any violation of certain civil
rights, the First Congress of the United States introduced 12 amendments to the
constitution. Amendments 3
- 12 were accepted and became known as the
OUR GOVERNMENT TODAY
basis of early government having been formed, the document known as the
Constitution has been the law of our land for over 200 years. Still today, there
is a system which allows for the division of duties within our government.
Answer the following questions on the branches of government we know
11. So that no one branch of government has too much power, a
system of checks and balances is in place. One branch checks another in their
Take a look at a chart of the three branches to familiarize yourself with them.
Now, list the branch that checks the following
(You need to read carefully - the answers are not as plainly given as they could be!)
A. Create and pass legislation
B. Appoint Federal judges
C. Declare laws unconstitutional