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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was one of the core principals of the Articles of Confederation?
(a) That the colonies would never number more than twenty.
(b) That the Confederate States of America should be made to exist.
(c) That it would replace the constituiton.
(d) That a centralized political power that operated in a faraway place could not govern citizens..

2. What does the author compare this "Compromise of 1790" to?
(a) The Articles of Confederation.
(b) The Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850.
(c) The Marshall Plan.
(d) The Revolutionary War.

3. How far apart are the participants in a duel?
(a) One Hundred Yards.
(b) Ten Paces.
(c) Three Paces.
(d) Fifty Yards.

4. Who were the attendees at The Dinner, the subject of this chapter?
(a) John Adams, Abagail Adams, Ben Franklin.
(b) Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison.
(c) Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison.
(d) Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ben Franklin.

5. How many people lived in the United States of America at its beginning?
(a) Two Hundred MIllion.
(b) Four Million.
(c) 453.
(d) Five Hundred Thousand.

6. What term has changed in meaning from an inferior being to one of respect and might in the world?
(a) Republican.
(b) Whig.
(c) Writer.
(d) American.

7. Where was the Constitutional Convention held?
(a) Philadelphia, PA.
(b) New York City, NY.
(c) Cleveland, OH.
(d) Washington, DC.

8. Who was Catiline?
(a) A woman whose rhetoric and feiry speeches nearly destroyed the American Republic's economic system.
(b) A treachorous and degenerate character whose scheming nearly destroyed the Roman Republic.
(c) A romantic character in a popular novel, whose life was destroyed by a duel.
(d) A large ship commissioned by Washington to be used to sail along the coast of the colonies and recruit soldiers.

9. What positions had Alexander Hamilton held in the US government?
(a) Vice President and White House Presss Secretary.
(b) Vice President and Secretary of State.
(c) Secretaries of Education and Homeland Security.
(d) Washington's Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury.

10. What caliber were the dueling pistols?
(a) .45 ACP.
(b) .38 special.
(c) .22 long rifle.
(d) .54 caliber balls.

11. What did John Adams see as the paradox facing the new republic?
(a) The new title of the republic versus its goals.
(b) The needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few.
(c) Tories versus Whigs.
(d) Legislating for 20 or 30 states, when all of the known legislative history had been for just one state.

12. Who was Hamilton's second in the duel?
(a) Franklin.
(b) Pendleton.
(c) Madison.
(d) Adams.

13. How many total shots were fired at the duel?
(a) Two, one by each man.
(b) Two, both by Burr.
(c) Two, both by Hamilton.
(d) Six, three by each man.

14. Who was considered to be the first President of the United States, almost unanimously by its people?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Ben Franklin.

15. What issue was discussed by the Constitutional Congress but specifically excluded from the final documents?
(a) Price of Postage.
(b) Slavery.
(c) Secret Service.
(d) Telecommunications.

Short Answer Questions

1. What state was Jefferson from?

2. What form of government was initiated by the American Revolution?

3. What documents are available today that relate the exact words spoken by each of the dinner attendees?

4. What was the date of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

5. In its most simple terms, how did the Constitutional Convention formulate its documents?

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