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  • Virginia Plan
  • I believe that representation in both houses of a bicameral Congress should be based on the POPULATION of a state!
  • GASP!
  • New Jersey Plan
  • GASP!
  • Oh yeah?! Well I think that there should be equal representation in a unicameral Congress, REGARDLESS of size and population!
  • Great Compromise
  • Why don't we just COMBINE both of the plans?!?
  • Over my dead body, you numbskull!
  • Let's arm wrestle and the victor's plan is enacted!
  • You're going down, mouth-breather!
  • Characters: James Madison, William Paterson Setting: Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Plot: James Madison suggests the Virginia Plan: representation based on population, with bicameral houses in Congress. Solution: William Paterson counteracts the Virginia Plan with the New Jersey Plan, then both plans are merged together with the Great Compromise made by Roger Sherman. Conclusion: The Virginia Plan would favor the larger states, so the smaller states (like New Jersey) didn't like that, so there was conflict. Personal Reaction: I believe that this plan was unfair to the smaller states, so it's good that it wasn't passed.
  • Explanation
  • Characters: James Madison, William Paterson Setting: Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Plot: William Paterson counteracts James Madison with the New Jersey Plan. This plan suggests a unicameral Congress with equal representation. Solution: Both the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plan are combined, making one Congress. Conclusion: Since the Virginia Plan favored larger states, William Paterson defended New Jersey with a plan that would make the larger states equal to the smaller ones. In the end, the Great Compromise ended the bickering and united Madison's and Paterson's ideas together. Personal Reaction: Also like the Virginia Plan, this plan wasn't fair. This is why the Great Compromise worked so well, it used population and equality for the 2 Congress levels.
  • Explanation
  • Characters: James Madison, William Paterson, Roger Sherman Setting: Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Plot: The fighting between the New Jersey Plan and the Virginia Plant continues, but then Roger Sherman suggests combining both plans. Solution: The end product would be: bicameral Congress; representation by population in the House of Representation (lower level Congress), equal representation in the Senate, each state has 2 senators (higher level Congress. Also, every tax bill or revenue measure must originate in the House. Conclusion: To end the fighting, the Great Compromise promised both plans a part in the new constitution. Personal Reaction: Roger Sherman was the hero of the convention, without him the fighting might have gone on longer, and created divides that would never return back to normal, damaging the government.
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