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A sample FCAT reading question

Associated Press
Published September 22, 2005

Students are instructed to read a long article, "Women Who Shaped the Constitution," that begins:

"When the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the Constitution, they did not have women's rights on their minds. They did not grant women the right to vote or a voice in the government that was being formed. There was a simple reason for this neglect: Both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were based on an 18th century concept of justice and equality that was an exclusively white, male system of law and order. The Founding Fathers were simply the patriarchal products of their time."

A footnote gives the definition of patriarchal as relating to a society governed by men.

One of the questions about the article:

What is the main idea of the first paragraph?

F. The Constitution contained provisions for women's right to vote.

G. Women's rights were not considered when the Constitution was drafted.

H. The Founding Fathers came from similar economic and racial backgrounds.

I. In 1787, women had no right to vote, but they did have a voice in government.

Answer: G.

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