Federalists: Definition, Arguments & Views


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This state was the first one to ratify (approve) the Constitution:

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1. Madison, Hamilton, and Jay wrote a series of letters in support of the Constitution under the pseudonym _____.

2. In Federalist No. 4, John Jay argued that the new Constitution would _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While the Federalists had a range of views on many topics, at the core of all of their opinions and arguments was a belief for the need for a strong central government. This quiz/worksheet combo tests your understanding of the reasons the Federalists fought to establish a strong national government, how they presented their views to the public, and where they found support for their cause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • First state to ratify the Constitution
  • Pseudonym the Federalists used in public letters written to support their ideas
  • Jay's view on protecting the nation
  • Madison's view of the best form of government to protect individual rights
  • Federalists' role in supporting the Constitution

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the views of the Federalists
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related U.S. history lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the Federalists to explain their influence on the design of the U.S. government

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Federalists: Definition, Arguments & Views. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the central goal of the Federalists
  • Cite some of the Federalist arguments for a strong central government
  • Explain why the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution
  • Know the names of the authors of the Federalist papers
  • Understand the views of the Anti-Federalists