WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #1
It is an Article I (of the U.S. Constitution) s
tudy tool. Please follow these instructions carefully.
Review the materials in the handouts and text dealing with the “Separation of Powers” and “Checks &
Prepare a research paper that addresses the following issues:
What is the doctrine of
“Separation of Powers”?
Why did the founding fathers believe that a system of “Check and Balances” was an essential
element for inclusion in the Constitution? This section of the paper must include a minimum of
three quotes from three people who attended
the Constitutional Convention? (Hint:
How have recent developments in American Government eroded the Separation of Powers
contained in the Constitution?
Tell me whether you think the Separation of Powers and Checks & Balances a
re a good idea or
not. Why? This section should be no more than two paragraphs in length).
Address these issues in a paper of
) pages in length. The paper should be typed, double
1” margins, with a font size no larger than 12 p
oint, nor smaller the 10 point.
Undertake as much outside
research as necessary to adequately answer the questions a