Constitutional Convention and National Legislature

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Why did the delegates to the Constitutional Convention spend over half of their time considering the intricacies of a newly envisioned national legislature?

To prevent the concentration of power by any single branch or person

According to James Madison, why did the legislative authority necessarily predominate in a republican government?

To prevent the concentration of power by any single branch or person

What was the vital notion emphasized by the delegates regarding the new federal government?

It was to be a government directly connected to, even dependent on, its citizens

What did giving citizens a say in who represented their interests in the legislature help build?

Confidence in the stability and lasting power of the government

What did the founders aim to create by giving citizens a stake in their own government?

A government of the people, elected by the people, to represent the people

What did James Madison emphasize as crucial for preventing the concentration of power in the newly envisioned federal government?

Legislative authority

Why did Pennsylvania vote against the bicameral model proposed for the new Congress?

Concerns about the power concentration in the House of Representatives

How was the issue of representation ultimately resolved in the design of the Congress, according to the text?

Direct election of senators by the people and representatives by state legislatures

What constitutional power does the Congress have in shaping the size and organization of the executive and judicial branches?

Power to determine presidential succession

What was the vital notion emphasized by the delegates regarding the new federal government?

Prevention of power concentration through legislative authority

Test your knowledge about the debates and decisions surrounding the establishment of a national legislature during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

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