Sample History Questions on Constitutional Amendments

Question 1

  1. a) Atlantic Trade Network followed a series of social movements that enlightened slave trade in which humane conditions became a necessity when moving African labor from West Africa to American colonies.
  2. b) John Locke’s ideas on equality changed citizenship on public participation perception which excluded women from democratic processes such as leadership and voting. However, he acknowledged that equality was merely idealism and not based on reality.
  3. c) British policies took a new dimension which created foreign territories alongside the French administration as a means of improving diplomatic relationships which had been adversely affected during King George’s War.
  4. d) Colony discontent on political lines implies that the lack of a common agreement on territorial arrangements resulted in conflicts between the French and British powers during the 18th It is for this reason that political activities determined territorial disputes between European powers.


Question 2

  1. a) The Stamp Act Congress Resolution was an agitation by colonists of a fair treatment – of all American colonies – from the King of England. The colonists’ arguments against this grievance was founded on political and economic power gained in some colonies which made some colonies more successful than the others.
  2. b) The Townshend Revenue Act would deprive colonists the ability of enhancing their economies as taxes imposed on imports resulted in an unfair business operation. An enlightenment on the actual consequences of taxation saw merchants boycotting trade – as well as women – as a means of fighting the act.
  3. c) Intolerable Acts would result in mass confrontations between the authorities and various individuals and business entities. Punitive laws were coldly received by the British colonists as they limited an extensive part of personal freedom.
  4. d) The Declaration of Independence provided a strong argument which subjected the British people into a double standard activity which led to the American Revolution. The declaration was meant to fight colonialism yet full independence had not been gained in North America.
  5. e) “The American Revolution was a Crisis of Representation” as most British people in America felt exploited through taxation yet they had no representatives at legislative houses which passed taxation laws on sugar.

Question 3

  1. a) The Articles of Confederation resulted in a national government which was composed of a House of Representatives – which handled internal affairs – as well as the Congress which dealt with international cases such as treaties and deployment of military to a battle zone. The colonists shaped the government that way to ensure that checks and balances formed the backbone of political leadership in America.
  2. b) A more perfect union would imply a harmonized political leadership that protects the sole interests of the American people without any form of discrimination.
  3. c) A republic would ensure that the grievances of the ordinary people were actively and accurately represented in the federal government. This ensured that the federal government would respect the opinion of the public before implementing a policy that has a direct impact on them.
  4. d) The main objective of the Federal Government was to ensure that order is created through a harmonized legislative process which guarantees successful implementation of a given type of order – such as access to public services. This is contrary to an interpretation of the federal government which entails encouraging more representation of the people.

Question 4

  1. a) The Ratification debate was a public disagreement on whether to form a strong national government that would implement the Federal system of governance.
  2. b) The fundamental purpose of the Bill of Rights was to shield people from authoritative regimes that exploited basic human rights of ordinary people.
  3. c) The Bill of Rights would lure the Antifederalists into accepting the federal system of governance.