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Handout B: Student Reading Guide

Student Reading Guide

Directions: Read Handout A: Background Essay—The Balance Between Branches before answering the following questions.

The Framers had a “rich intellectual foundation” to draw from as they framed the new Constitution. List the three main influences with examples as discussed in the essay.

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What was the author’s major justification for the failure of the Articles of Confederation?

Define four of the main Founding principles the Constitutional Convention debated throughout the summer of 1787.

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