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Review Sheet for Self-Government, Revolution, and Constitution Exam

Updated 9/15/09


Diversity, Self Governance, Resistance and Revolution


1.  The Presence of the Past – how Native Americans view traditional history
2.  Importance of self-government for colonists

3.  Why legalized slavery took root in the American colonies
4.  Declaration of Independence - what it was and why it was important
5.  Thomas Jefferson / Ben Franklin stances on freedom of religion and immigration
  Why England allowed self-government in the colonies
7.  American responses to the Boston Massacre
  Why the colonists went to war with Britain
9.  Articles of Confederation - what they were and who they gave power to
10.  Perspective in the Boston Tea Party



11.  Founding fathers and views of slavery

12.  Why the Constitution was written
13. What are amendments?  How are they passed?  Why are they significant?

14.  Fugitive Slave Law
15.  Freedom of religion and its limits
Type of government the Constitution creates
17. Checks and balances vs. Separation of powers

18.  Veto
19. Basic jobs of each branch
20. 1st, 8th, 9th, 10th and 14th amendments
What are the Bill of Rights?

22.  Article IV – Relations Between the States

23.  Article VI – Supremacy Clause



1. Some say that the strength of the United States is directly related to the compromises in the Constitution. While this may be true, some historians contend that some of the Constitution’s compromises led to weaknesses in the United States.   Do you agree?  Use facts from the Constitution to support your stance.