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Government Unit 2 The History of the United States

Level I
1. Be able to define the following terms:

Enlightenment Boycott French & Indian War

Quartering Act
Civil Liberties Social Contract Popular Sovereignty
Limited Government
Bicameral Shay’s Rebellion Articles of Confederation New Jersey Plan
Virginia Plan Great Compromise 3/5 Compromise Constitution
Declaration of Independence

2. Be able to name the nation that was the world power at the time of the US’s birth.

3. Be able to explain how Enlightenment ideas influenced the creation of the US


4. Be able to state why the Articles of Confederation did not work.

5. Be able to state which plan favored large states and which favored small states and
explain how so.

6. Be able to state the position of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

Level II

7. Be able to demonstrate the progression of the US government from a Unitary system

under the British to a Federal system under the Constitution.

8. Be able to identify the causes and effects of several of the key events leading up to the
Revolutionary War.

9. Be able to debate the pros and cons of the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan.

10.Be able to identify passages out of the Declaration of Independence that illustrate
Enlightenment ideas.

11.Be able to identify passages out of the Preamble to the Constitution that illustrate the
purposes of government.

12.Be able to state which side of the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate you would side with
and why.