Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution


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What was the Magna Carta?

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1. What important idea about government did the American colonists take from the Two Treatises of Government by John Locke?

2. Which document created the first colonial government in America?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many documents influenced the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. This quiz and worksheet combination aim to test your comprehension by asking about numerous different documents throughout time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will ask you about important documents, including:

  • The Magna Carta
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • Two Treatises of Government by John Locke
  • The Federalist Papers

Skills Practiced

As you review this quiz and worksheet, the following study skills will be tested:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about different government documents throughout history that impacted the U.S. Constitution
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Articles of Confederation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Magna Carta and John Locke's influence

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson titled Influential Documents for the U.S. Constitution, which will address the following:

  • The Constitution's family tree
  • European heritage including the Magna Carta
  • American heritage including the Articles of Confederation and the Federalist Papers