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History 1301 Test 1
For this test, I want you to write an essay detailing the process and ideas that went into the making of the Constitution. What Enlightenment thinkers provided inspiration? Why were the Articles thrown out in favor of a new government? Why did the Constitution succeed where the Articles failed? What factions formed in the process of getting the Constitution ratified and why did they form? What were the debates surrounding the new document? What were the compromises?
There is no word limit, however, as this is not a timed assignment, your essay should have some length (meaning more than one paragraph). I am providing a link to more information on Enlightenment thinkers here. You should not need any sources beyond your book and the links I have already provided (unless you want to look up the exact wording in the Constitution, that is acceptable). Please try to avoid using quotes, paraphrase whenever possible.