Instructions–  In this assignment, you are to read and analyze the documents provided in the two links below. Using no more 12-point font, in a well-written paper [between 600 and 900 words] provide your analysis by addressing the following questions.

Compare and contrast the Virginia and New Jersey plans presented at the Constitutional Convention. Consider the following:

Are there structural differences?

a) number of branches of government; b) number of houses in the Congress of each plan; c) congressional members chosen by whom; 

d) length of terms of service for the legislative branch 

Are there differences in congressional representation? 

a) the basis of determining a state’s members; b) votes by states in Congress

Does congressional power differ? 

a) some varying specific powers enumerated in the plans; b) any powers specifically denied;

c) the relationship between the new federal government and the states

Does the executive branch differ in the plans?

a) composition of the executive branch; b) selection of the executive branch;

c) powers provided to the executive

How is the judicial branch composed?

a) the supreme court composed and chosen how; b) the design and selection of any additonal courts

In your opinion, which of the two plans provides more power to the new federal government? Explain why specifically.

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Documents

The Virginia plan–Read only Randolph’s 19 propositions. (They start about halfway down the page)

Madison Debates–June 13

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_613.asp

  • The New Jersey plan–Read only Mr. Patterson’s 9 resolutions.

Madison Debates–June 15

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_615.asp

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