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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was America's first legend?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Michael Jackson.
(d) George Washington.

2. What is one significance of the debate in 1790 over the Quaker petitions?
(a) It was the first time the Quakers became involved in politics.
(b) It was the first time the division of church and state arisen.
(c) It was the first time pro-slavery and abolitionist views had been so clearly outlined in a national venue.
(d) It represented the first time a state delegation was involved in federal politics.

3. What was the subject of the petitions to the House of Representatives that caused so much controversy on February 11, 1790?
(a) Declaring December 25 the official date of Christmas.
(b) Ending the African slave trade in the USA.
(c) Revoking the women's right to vote.
(d) Declaring November 25 the official date to celebrate Thanksgiving.

4. Where did John Adams go to college?
(a) Brown.
(b) MIT.
(c) Yale.
(d) Harvard.

5. Based upon his farewell address and most recent letters to the states, where did Washington believe America's destiny lay?
(a) In spreading revolutions in the rest of the world.
(b) With increased involvement in the wars of Europe.
(c) In securing the North American continent.
(d) In an alliance with the French.

6. Why did the framers of the Constitution avoid the issue of slavery?
(a) They believed the issue would prevent the states from forming a country.
(b) They did not believe the issue was important enough to be included.
(c) They forgot about it.
(d) None of the framers brought the issue to the attention of the others.

7. Which two Representatives reacted first to this petition?
(a) Ben Franklin and James Madison.
(b) James Jackson and William Loughton Smith.
(c) Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
(d) Raymond Burr and Michael Jackson.

8. What was the federal budget of 1790?
(a) 7 Million.
(b) 100,000.
(c) 300 Million.
(d) 10 Million.

9. Who emerged as the candidates for President upon Washington's retirement?
(a) Franklin and Jefferson.
(b) Adams and Burr.
(c) Adams and Jefferson.
(d) Hamilton and Burr.

10. What marked the change in Jefferson's attitude towards George Washington?
(a) Letters from Benjamin Rush.
(b) Documents he had received regarding Washington's personal life.
(c) Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.
(d) Washington's marriage.

11. What famous American endorsed this petition?
(a) Jesse Jackson.
(b) John Paul Jones.
(c) Patrick Henry.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

12. Which state, at the time of the debate, had the largest slave population?
(a) New York.
(b) Georgia.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Rhode Island.

13. What was the main qualification for a candidate to replace George Washington as the leader of the country?
(a) The amount of personal funds they had for the campaign.
(b) Their role in the creation of American independence.
(c) The result of their party's convention.
(d) Their approval rating on CNN.

14. What did Madison propose to do about the issue?
(a) Approve it.
(b) Forward it to a committee where it would fade from the public attention.
(c) Pass it to the Senate.
(d) Debate it in the House.

15. When did George Washington die?
(a) December 14, 1799.
(b) July 4, 1826.
(c) July 4, 1776.
(d) May 1, 1876.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many other presidents have served as long as Washington did as the head of our nation?

2. To Jefferson, what was the only legitimate form of government?

3. What did George Washington do to quell the Whiskey Rebellion?

4. Who was John Adams' closest friend and confidante?

5. What did Representative Jackson base his pro-slavery position upon?

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