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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 was written into the US Constitution that directly affected this petition?
(a) Constitution states that Congress cannot consider any petitions during February.
(b) Constitution prohibited Congress from passing any law regarding the slave trade until 1808.
(c) The Constitution does not recognize Quakers as an authorized religion.
(d) Congress cannot hear any petitions regarding any subject.

2. How many years did George Washington lead the country?
(a) Fifty.
(b) Ten.
(c) Two.
(d) Twenty.

3. What did Benjamin Franklin leave George Washington in his will?
(a) A beloved dog.
(b) Over one million dollars.
(c) His newspaper.
(d) A crab-tree walking stick.

4. What was one of the concerns shared by pro-slavery and abolitionist factions?
(a) Riots.
(b) Where the slaves would go once freed.
(c) How the navy would handle the mass exodus.
(d) Famine.

5. Who urged General Washington to free all the slaves at the end of the Revolutionary War?
(a) Madison.
(b) Jefferson.
(c) The State of Georgia.
(d) Lafayette.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the House's vote on referring the petition to a committee?

3. When did George Washington leave office?

4. What office did John Adams have in George Washington's Presidency?

5. Are the terms "slavery", "slaves", or "Negroes" used in the Constitution of the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did the white men, whether pro and anti slavery, believe the slaves would go once they were freed?

2. How did the individual states handle these issues when the Federal Government remained silent on the subject of slavery? Give examples.

3. How did Benjamin Franklin contribute to the debates over slavery?

4. Why did the Federalist party disappear and the Republican party remain?

5. How serious would it have been if South Carolina and Georgia seceded from the Union in 1790?

6. Discuss in detail the reasons Washington decided to retire from public office.

7. Why did Washington turn away requests that he become a king of the new republic?

8. Why was Washington's retirement from public office so important to history?

9. How did these debates contribute to the knowledge of this issue in our country?

10. Why was Jefferson so enamored with the French Revolution?

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