Chapter 2: Supporting Details
Exercise 3


Read each passage. Then click on the correct answer to each supporting detail question.


A.(1) After defeating the British in the Revolutionary War, most Americans believed that the new government should be some form of republic. (2) Yet exactly what form the republic should take was a matter of opinion. (3) Members of the educated elite (such as John Adams of Massachusetts) believed that society would be best governed by members of a “natural aristocracy”—men of natural talent who would nobly sacrifice private interests for the good of the country. (4) A second notion, advanced by Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary, argued that the natural leaders of the new society would be those individuals whose aggressive pursuit of economic self-interest would benefit the entire nation. (5) The third notion of republicanism was put forth by people who were not part of any elite, and who called for widening ordinary people’s participation in the political process. (6) For them, republican virtue was embodied in the untutored wisdom of the people as a whole rather than the special insights of a natural aristocracy or the pronouncements of wealthy individuals.


A1. The major supporting details of this paragraph are
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