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MTEL History: Ratification of the US Constitution - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to assist you as you go over material on the ratification of the US Constitution, in preparation for the MTEL History exam. The videos cover all of the topics you need to know to answer the questions on the test, including:
- State constitutions after the American Revolution
- The Articles of Confederation
- The Constitutional Convention
- Ratification of the Constitution
- The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights
- Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
Our knowledgeable instructors help you refresh your memory about all aspects of the US Constitution that you studied in college, in preparation for the test. After studying each lesson, you can take its associated quiz, and you can use the cumulative chapter exam to see how well you understand the material.
Objectives of the MTEL History: Ratification of the US Constitution Chapter
The MTEL History exam is a standardized test that evaluates your knowledge of all areas of history from ancient times to the present. You need to pass the test in order to become licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in this Ratification of the US Constitution chapter fall within the US History objective of the exam which makes up about 30% of the test questions. By taking our self-assessment quizzes, you can evaluate how well you know the material and gain some practice with the kinds of questions you'll find on the test.
There are 100 multiple-choice items and two open-response items on the test. With the multiple-choice items, you will be given a passage or question to read followed by several possible response alternatives. You will need to select the single correct answer. With the open-response items, you will construct essays that demonstrate your ability to integrate your knowledge of history into a coherent, articulate and logical narrative.
1. Creating State Constitutions After the American Revolution
After the revolution, the states had to figure out what the rule of the people would be like. The early state constitutions and how they were drafted would inform the process and the resulting document that would become the U.S. Constitution.
2. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.
3. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise
The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.
4. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government
The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.
5. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.
6. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments
The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.
7. Hamilton and the Federalists vs. Jefferson and the Republicans
Although President Washington warned against the nation falling into political factions, the different views of the Constitution held by Alexander Hamilton and the Federalists and Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans set the path for the two-party system that the U.S. has today.
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