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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Convention Absentees

SATUSH-OLJHOQ

Why did the state of Rhode Island and potential delegate Patrick Henry of Virginia both reject invitations to attend and participate in the Constitutional Convention?

A

It was rumored that Alexander Hamilton and others wanted to create a constitutional monarchy like that of the hated English.

B

They believed that the new government would lead to states competing with each other for trade and western land claims.

C

They felt the delegates would create a government that would give too much power to the federal government at the expense of states' rights, and were satisfied with the status quo.

D

They disliked the idea of creating a system of federal courts.

E

They thought the Constitutional Convention would degenerate into squabbling, accomplish nothing, and waste everyone's time and effort.