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Writing
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How can you effectively use hyperbole in a sentence?

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Answer:

I had so many books in my backpack that it weights a ton!

US Government and Politics
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How is it decided how many electoral votes a state will have in a Presidential election?

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Each state has a certain amount of electoral votes. The amount of votes that they have is decided by adding the number of representatives that they have in the House plus their two members of the Senate. The lowest amount a state can have is three, while there is no limit on the maximum. California currently has the highest with 55 electoral votes. There are a total of 538 electoral votes, 100 of which will not change because there are 2 senators per state, which gives us the total of 100. The other votes are decided by government census that takes place every ten years. The amount of people living in a state decides how many representatives they have in the House of Representatives. Additionally, the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961. It granted Washington D.C. 3 electoral votes despite the fact that they have no voting members of Congress.

Government
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Question:

Compare and contrast the New Jersey and Virginia Plans and explain how they lead to the Great Compromise during the Constitutional Convention of 1787?

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Answer:

States with a smaller population feared that congressional seats would be appointed based upon the number of people that lived in the state. They felt that more populated states such as Virginia and Pennsylvania would have complete control of the Legislative branch. They pushed for a plan known as the New Jersey Plan, where congressional representation would be equal regardless of population. To counter their argument, the states with a higher population put forward their own plan, where congressional representation would be decided by population only, therefore giving them more power. To compromise, they created a bicameral legislature. Bicameral means split in half. This meant that the Legislative branch would be split into two separate houses. The lower house became the House of Representatives, where each state would get a certain amount of representation based on their population. The higher house in Congress became the Senate, where each state would receive 2 votes regardless of population. This was known as the Great Compromise and helped to form the Congress that we have today.

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