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Separation of Powers

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Which of the following explains why both Montesquieu and Madison proposed a system of government that included separation of powers?

A

They saw this as the way to prevent tyranny in government.

B

It allowed minority factions to be free of the responsibility to bow to a majority opinion that it did not represent.

C

If someone held an office in two different branches, that person could not take knowledge of one and use it to advance another branch.

D

It would ensure that each branch had a role in another branch to prevent one from becoming too powerful.

E

It would guarantee that the law-making branch remained most powerful in the government.