Tuesday, May 27, 2014

US History: The Constitution HW Questions

REMINDER: “NIB” Means “not it review book.”  You have flash cards, the internet, your prior knowledge, this year’s notes, last year’s notes…so leaving anything blank or putting an answer that shows zero effort are the same to me…and anything blank = no credit for the assignment.

REVIEW means remember or reminder, it is NOT reteach or relearn!!  If you slack off now you have NO SHOT at passing the Regents or the course, so make your decisions carefully.


The Constitution Review Questions

  1. Why were the Articles of Confederation a failure? (p. 28)
  2. Describe “the Critical Period.” (p. 28)
  3. Why was a “Second Constitutional Convention” held in 1787? (p. 29)
  4. Which framers were present in 1787? (p. 29)
  5. How did the new Constitution correct the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation? (p. 30)
  6. How was the issue of representation solved? (pp. 30-1)
  7. How was the issue of “counting slaves” solved? (p. 31)
  8. Describe the Commerce Compromise. (p. 31)
  9. Describe the Presidency Compromise. (p. 31)
  10. Why did Anti-Federalists oppose ratification? (p. 32)
  11. How did the Federalist Papers help in ratifying the Constitution? (p. 32)
  12. Why was the Bill of Rights added to the Constitution? (p. 32)
  13. What is the purpose of the Preamble? (pp. 32-3)
  14. Why is our government considered to be a “federal system?” (p. 33)
  15. Identify three delegated powers. (p. 33)
  16. Identify three reserved powers. (p. 33)
  17. Identify three concurrent powers. (p. 33)
  18. Why is the separation of powers important?  (p. 33)
  19. Describe the system of checks and balances. (p. 34)
  20. Why is the elastic clause important? (p. 35)

  1. Identify five functions of the legislative branch. (p. 34)
  2. Identify five functions of the executive branch. (p. 34)
  3. Identify five functions of the judicial branch. (p. 34)
  4. Identify five expressed peace powers of Congress. (p. 37)
  5. Identify five expressed war powers of Congress. (p. 37)
  6. Identify four implied powers of Congress (p. 37)
  7. How can a filibuster affect a bill? (p. 37)
  8. How is cloture connected to filibusters? (p. 37)
  9. Why are primaries and caucuses held? (p. 39)
  10. Identify three reasons people want to change the Electoral College system. (p. 39)
  11. How did the Electoral College system affect “Election 2000?” (p. 41)
  12. Identify three reasons people want to keep the Electoral College system. (p. 41)
  13. Identify ten roles of the president. (p. 41)
  14. Why is the Supreme Court mostly an appellate court? (p. 43)
  15. What is the purpose of the amendment process? (pp. 43-4)
  16. How many constitutional amendments are there currently? (p. 45)
  17. What do the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments have in common? (p. 45)
  18. Which four amendments have expanded the right to vote? (p. 45)
  19. Why is the Fourteenth Amendment important? (p. 44)
  20. What is the “balance” the courts use in individual rights versus civil rights? (p., 44)






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