The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government


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Why did Congress debate for two days whether they should discipline the delegates of the Constitutional Convention?

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1. Why were state conventions responsible for the ratification of the Constitution rather than the state government?

2. How did the views on civil rights of anti-federalists differ to those of federalists in the debate regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this assessment combo to test your knowledge of the ratification of the Constitution and the new U.S. government. Topics covered include the actions of the Federalists and the Antifederalists during the ratification process and the authors responsible for drafting the Federalist Papers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Actions of the Federalists and the Antifederalists
  • Authors of the Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The first state to ratify the Constitution

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related U.S. history lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of government as it relates to early American government
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the authors of the Federalist Papers

Additional Learning

To learn more about American government, review the accompanying lesson titled The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government. The lesson includes these objectives:

  • Relate how the Constitution passed through Congress and then the states for ratification
  • Define and differentiate between Federalists and Antifederalists
  • List the three men who authored the Federalist Papers