AP U.S. History Diagnostic 7

AP U.S. History Diagnostic 7. How can the excerpt's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation?

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[ mumbling continues ]

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[ further mumbling ] John Locke.

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How can the excerpt's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation?

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And here are your potential answers.

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[ rimshot ]

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Following the Revolutionary War, the framers

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of the Articles of Confederation looked to philosophers

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like John Locke for advice on building a better government.

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Well, let's see which answer describes how John Locke

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played a key role in shaping this storied document.

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Can Locke's influence be seen in the Articles of Confederation

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A - in the property qualifications required of voters?

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Well, actually, the Articles of Confederation stated that

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all members of Congress would be appointed by state legislatures,

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so there wasn't any need to mention voter qualifications.

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Choose again, friends. Were Locke-ian philosophies

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reflected in B - the development

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of a leveled court system?

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Well, nothing is perfect on the first try, especially when it comes to

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creating a government from nothing.

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That's why the framers ended up throwing out the Articles

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and re-writing what would become our Constitution.

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One of those big slip-ups was failing to create a judicial branch.

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Another was giving each state an equal say in Congress,

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regardless of its size. So that knocks out B and C.

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Which means that Locke's influence on the Articles of Confederation can be seen

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D - in the creation of a decentralized government.

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Locke was not a Kings fan, and neither were

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the colonists. That's why the Articles

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placed such an emphasis on a

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decentralized central government.

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So D is the right answer.

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When the farmers went back to their drawing board,

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many continued to advocate a decentralized government

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as they shaped what would become the Constitution.

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Talk about having a "Locke" on the conversation.

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[ booing ]