TEST PROMPT FOR 10/24/2011


“A real patriot [is] the most illustrious character in human life. Is not the interest and happiness of his fellow creatures his care?”

— John Adams, 1772

“His [George Washington] modesty is astonishing, particularly to a Frenchman. He speaks of the American War as if he had not been its leader.”

–Brissot de Warville, 1788

“No axiom is more clearly established in law, or in reason, than that wherever the end is required, the means are authorised; wherever a general power to do a thing is given, every particular power necessry for doing it, is included.”

–James Madison, Federalist 44

“Not exercising the powers we have, may be as pernicious as usurping those we have not.”

–Fisher Ames, 1791-92

to “take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.”

–Thomas Jefferson

“Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.”

–George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796


It is a crime to make “any false, scandalous, and malicious writing or writings against the Government of the United States, or either House of the Congress of the United States, with intent to defame . . . or to bring into contempt or disrepute. . . .”

–Sedition Act, July 1798

“I rejoice with you that Republicanism is likely to be so completely triumphant. . . .”

–James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 1800

“We are all republicans—we are all federalists.”

–Thomas Jefferson, Inaugural Address, 1801

–Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

—-Fletcher v. Peck, 1810



One response to “TEST PROMPT FOR 10/24/2011

  1. Oh, man, this “test prompt” looks, um, challenging, but I’m guessing that your students are more prepared for it than I think they are.


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