Document analysis

Instructions–  In this assignment, you are to read and analyze the documents provided in the two links below. Using no more 12-point font and between 600 and 900 words, in well-written English, provide your analysis by addressing the questions below.  [The purpose of this assignment is to analyze primary documents; therefore, citations are unnecessary and 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:

1) What are there structural differences?  Address the following items for each plan:
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

2) Are there differences in congressional representation? Address the following issues in each plan:
a) the basis of determining a state’s members; b) votes by states in Congress

3) Does congressional power differ? Discuss the following areas:
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

4) Does the executive branch differ in the plans?  Address the following areas for each plan:
a) composition of the executive branch; b) selection of the executive branch;
c) powers provided to the executive

5) How is the judicial branch composed?  Discuss the following issues:
a) the supreme court composed and chosen how; b) the design and selection of any additional courts

6) In your opinion, which of the two plans provides more power to the new federal government? Explain why specifically.

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Documents
The Virginia plan–Read only Randolph’s 19 propositions. (They start about halfway down the page)

Madison Debates–June 13
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_613.asp
The New Jersey plan–Read only Mr. Patterson’s 9 resolutions.

Madison Debates–June 15
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/debates_615.asp

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