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Guided Practice

List the problems that the weakness of the Articles of Confederation created. Explain the impacts of the problem.

Name the PRINCIPLE that you would use to solve the problem. Explain how the principle solves the problem.

Problem #1: No executive (president) for national level

Solution: The Constitution creates multiple branches of government

Who had all of the decision making power under this arrangement?

Which principles were used to arrive at this solution? Principle #1:

Principle #2:

Why could this be a problem?

How do you know this is the principle used to arrive at the solution?

Why would it be unfair for people if one branch of government creates, enforces, and interprets laws?

Why is it important to ensure that there is a president?

Weakness #2: No national court system

Solution: The Constitution creates a national court system that can monitor the other branches. Which principles were used to arrive at this solution? Principle #1:

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If you live in one state, but commit a crime in another, would you receive a fair trial under this system? Why or why not?

How do you know these are the principles used to arrive at the solution?

Why would it be unfair for people if one branch of government creates, enforces, and interprets laws?

Why do we need a national court system to watch over the other branches?

Weakness #3: National government cannot collect taxes

Solution: The Constitution permits the National Government to collect taxes Which principle was used to arrive at this solution? Principle:

Who collects taxes under this arrangement?

Why is it a problem that only they can collect taxes?

How do you know this is the principle used to arrive at the solution?

What do taxes pay for that states need in order to work together under a national government?

Why is it important for the national government to be able to collect taxes?

Weakness #4: National government cannot raise an army

Solution: The National Gov’t can raise an army Which principle was used to arrive at this solution? Principle:

Who can start an army under this arrangement?

How do you know this is the principle used to arrive at the solution?

Does this system provide the best possible national security for people in the country? Why or why not?

Why is it important for the national government to raise an army?

Weakness #5: National government has no say in trade

Solution: The National Gov’t can promote and monitor trade within and outside the country Which principle was used to arrive at this solution? Principle:

Who controls trade under this arrangement?

How do you know this is the principle used to arrive at the solution?

Why would our ability to trade inside and outside of our country be hurt if each state has to handle its own trade?

What are the benefits of all states working together under national government in order to promote trade?