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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author consider the years of 1787-1788 for America?
(a) The war between the states.
(b) The founding movement that established American nationhood.
(c) The revolutionary war.
(d) The golden years.

2. At the time of the American Revolution, what was the most powerful military force in the world?
(a) British army and navy.
(b) Taliban.
(c) Spanish Armada.
(d) Chinese Red Guard.

3. How many sites were being considered for the new permanent capital of the United States?
(a) Thirteen.
(b) Sixteen.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

4. What is a hair-trigger?
(a) A device on a gun that allows a much smaller amount of pressure to pull the trigger.
(b) Part of the gun that has been used to comb a man's hair.
(c) A method of pulling the trigger on a weapon.
(d) The result of a weapon being left outdoors overnight.

5. Which state did Madison believe would suffer the most injustice under assumption?
(a) New York.
(b) Texas.
(c) Rhode Island.
(d) Virginia.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, why did Hamilton go to the duel?

2. When did Hamilton die?

3. What was the main item on the agenda for the dinner?

4. Who was considered to be the first President of the United States, almost unanimously by its people?

5. What was one of the core principals of the Articles of Confederation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Jefferson was the ideal moderator for this discussion?

2. Why was Madison so opposed to Hamilton's suggestion that the debts of the states be assumed by the federal government?

3. Why was this time--the decades immediately following America's independence from England--so vital?

4. Describe the leading locations for the new capital city.

5. Why was it so important that Hamilton and Madison meet away from the public eye?

6. Why was Virginia so important to the decisions of this time?

7. Describe the reputations of Burr and Hamilton. What personality traits led them to end up in a duel?

8. What roles did the seconds (Pendleton and Van Ness) have in the days before the duel? Describe how each one played out these roles, and how they handled their roles after the duel.

9. Discuss Alexander Hamilton and how he reacted when someone did not agree with his opinions.

10. Why was the land now known as the District of Columbia a good place to locate the capital city of the new government?

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