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The Constitutional Convention is also known as _______ The Philadelphia Convention, The Federal Convention or the Grand Convention at Philadelphia
The Constitution Convention took place from _______ to _____ from May 25 to September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
What was the purpose of the Constitution Convention? It's purpose was to address problems in governing the United States which had been operating under the Articles of Confederation after independence from Great Britain. Although the purpose was to revise the Articles of Confederation, some individuals (e.g James Madison and Alexander Hamilton) saw it as a chance to create a new government
The delegates elected _______ to be president of the Convention George Washington
What was the result of the Constitutional Convention? The result of the Constitutional Convention was the creation of the United States Constitution
What was the most contentious disputes during the Constitution convention? The most contentious issues were how Proportional representation was going to be defined, Whether to include slaves or other property, whether to divide executive power between three people or a single president, How to elect presidents, how long his term should be and if he can stand for re-election, and how Judges should be chosen
Who was James Madison? He was one of the founders of the Constitutional Convention and he wrote the Virginia plan
What was the Virginia Plan? It was Virginia's delegate, James Madison's plan for government and it's representation. It based state representation on population
What was the New Jersey Plan? It was a plan that proposed a single chamber congress, and each state had one vote. This plan created conflict with bigger states who wanted more representation based on their large population
What is the great compromise? It was the agreement by which the number of each state's representatives in Congress would be based on. The number would be based on a count of all the free people plus three-fifths of the slaves
What was checks and balances? A system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power

The Constitutional Convention is also known as _______

The Constitution Convention took place from _______ to _____

What was the purpose of the Constitution Convention?

The delegates elected _______ to be president of the Convention

What was the result of the Constitutional Convention?

What was the most contentious disputes during the Constitution convention?

Who was James Madison?

What was the Virginia Plan?

What was the New Jersey Plan?

What is the great compromise?

What was checks and balances?

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