Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

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Why did the Massachusetts militia have the power to confront the federal government in Shays' Rebellion?

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1. What did Shays' Rebellion reveal about the federal government?

2. Which of the following was NOT a weakness of the Articles of Confederation?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These tools allow you to assess your knowledge of how the Articles of Confederation provided a weak form of government and the significance of Shays' Rebellion. Topics you must know to successfully pass the quiz include the abilities of the national government under the Articles of Confederation and the identity of Daniel Shay.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize this quiz and corresponding worksheet to gauge your understanding of:

  • Daniel Shay's identity and where he came from
  • The significance of Shays' Rebellion
  • Powers of the federal government under the Articles of the Confederation

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills using the quiz and worksheet combo:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the identity of Daniel Shays from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the powers of the national government under the Articles of the Confederation and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the connection between Shays' Rebellion and the Articles of the Confederation

Additional Learning

Learn more about Shays' Rebellion and the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation by viewing the lesson called Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion. It covers the following objectives:

  • Discover how the Articles of Confederation distributed power between the national government and the state governments
  • Identify the role of the Revolutionary War in causing debt for America and new Americans
  • Recognize how debt influenced Shays' Rebellion
  • Understand why Shays' Rebellion posed a significant problem for the new country
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