HY 1110 Unit IV


Constitution Comparison Worksheet

The United States Constitution stands apart in history as the cornerstone document for a nation like none before it, but it was not the first law of the land. The discussion and drafting of the U.S. Constitution from the Articles of Confederation was one of great debate and innovation, and it is important to look at the types of changes that were pivotal to creating the supreme law of the United States.

In this unit, you will have the opportunity to compare the Articles of Confederation and Constitution as well as study the Unites States Bill of Rights. Click here to complete the Constitution Comparison Worksheet. On page 1, fill in the missing terms within each table, the first showing the evolution of America’s governing document and the second highlighting the Bill of Rights. On page 2, respond to the writing prompt with a minimum of 200 words. Outside sources are not required; however, when directly quoted or paraphrased works of others is used in any manner, you must cite the source of the original narrative.

To complete this assignment, simply type directly into the worksheet provided and upload the saved document.

Unit IV

Scholarly Activity: Constitution Comparison Worksheet

Page 1: Fill in the blanks below with the appropriate answers.

Page 2: Complete the essay in a minimum of 200 words.

Table 1 Instructions: Compare the Articles of Confederation and Constitution by filling out the blanks below.


Articles of Confederation


Ratification Year




1 vote per state

2 Senate votes + proportional House votes





State courts only

Separate Judicial Branch


Presided over Congress



State controlled

Federally controlled

Passing Laws

Consensus of (4.) states

Congressional majority and presidential signature

Tax Laws

State controlled

Federally controlled

Control of military




State Issued

Federally Issued


Required the consent of (5.) states

2/3 Congress and 3/4 of states

Table 2 Instructions: Fill out the missing words from the United States Bill of Rights.

Amendment 1

Right to freedoms of (6.) and speech; right to assemble and to (7.) the government for redress of grievances

Amendment 2

Right to keep and bear arms to maintain a well-regulated (8.)

Amendment 3

Right not to house (9.) during time of war

Amendment 4

Right to be secure from unreasonable (10.) and (11.)

Amendment 5

Rights in criminal cases, including to (12.) process and indictment by grand jury for capital crimes, as well as the right not to testify against oneself

Amendment 6

Right to a speedy (13.) by an impartial jury

Amendment 7

Right to a (14.) trial in civil cases

Amendment 8

Right not to face excessive (15.) or fines, or (16.) and (17.) punishment

Amendment 9

Rights retained by the (18.) , even if they are not specifically (19.) by the Constitution

Amendment 10

(20.) States’ to powers not specifically delegated to the federal government

Below, compare and contrast the philosophies of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists that emerged during the time period of the Constitutional Convention through the ratification of the U.S. Constitution (roughly the late 1780s). In your answer, make sure to also include how the philosophies of both parties were reflective of the American society of the time.

Your response must be 200 words in length.