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Ratifying the Constitution Signing the Constitution Delegates to the Constitutional Convention The Work Begins Writing the Constitution The Great Compromise Bill of Rights Powers of the Federal Government The Three Branches of Government Checks and Balances Amendments Women - The Right to Vote

The Great Compromise


Uncle Sam, the word spy, wants you to take a minute and test your knowledge.

Match the word(s) in the left-hand column to complete the questions or statements in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

The Virginia Plan A. Who proposed what came to be known as the Great Compromise?
Roger Sherman B. Proposed a two-house legislature with the number of lower house seats determined by population and the number of Senate seats equal for every state.
The Great Compromise C. The Great Compromise proposed that a state's __________ would determine its representation in the House of Representatives.
New Jersey Plan D. Unicameral Legislature
land area E. Proposed 3 branches of government, 2 houses of Congress (House of Rep. & Senate) with members based on population.


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The Great Compromise saved the Constitutional Convention, and, probably, the Union. Authored by Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman, it called for proportional representation in the House, and one representative per state in the Senate (this was later changed to two.) The compromise passed 5-to-4, with one state, Massachusetts, “divided.”

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