United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers provided a
strong defense for the Constitution
(Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 131434:

The influence of factious leaders may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States. ... A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.

The above selection from Federalist #10 supports which of the following ideas:

A) a direct democracy is the best protection of individual freedoms
B) a large nation is best governed by a republican (representative) form of government
C) divisve issues about which factions (or parties) might agitate are best handled by a republic, not a democracy
D) checks and balances work at the federal level
E) Congress needs to do what is necessary and proper to carry out its responsibilities

Answer & Explanation

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