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 questions below. [The purpose of the assignment is to analyze primary documents; therefore, the use of outside sources (internet, reference, books and articles, etc.) is prohibited.]
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.
The Virginia plan–Read only Randolph’s 19 propositions. (They start about halfway down the page)
The New Jersey plan–Read only Mr. Patterson’s 9 resolutions.