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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which delegate is elected chairman of the Committee of the Whole?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Elbridge Gerry.
(c) Chancellor Wythe.
(d) Nathaniel Gorham.

2. During the events presented in Chapter 10, what issue concerns Mason?
(a) The use of the word "national".
(b) The extensive powers being granted to Congress.
(c) The lack of progress made by delegates.
(d) The payment of a stipend to members of Congress.

3. What motion does the Committee of the Whole approve before they adjourn on the last day of May?
(a) The motion that the national legislature should have two branches.
(b) The motion that the President should be elected for life.
(c) The motion that the national legislature should have three branches.
(d) The motion that the President should be elected by popular vote.

4. What type of government does Virginia's George Wythe support?
(a) A weak national government.
(b) A monarchy.
(c) Continuation of the confederation.
(d) A strong national government.

5. Why is indigence a bad word for most delegates to the Convention?
(a) The delegates are concerned that European countries realize the states need assistance in paying off their debts.
(b) The delegates are fearful of becoming poor themselves.
(c) The delegates associate poverty with laziness.
(d) The delegates believe that the indigent population rebels against their decisions at any moment.

6. In 1787, which American city reminds travelers of London?
(a) New York City.
(b) Philadelphia.
(c) Washington, D. C..
(d) Boston.

7. What does Madison consider to be the usefulness of the Senate?
(a) The Senate is able to work more closely with the President because they have a similar perspective on American government.
(b) The Senate is able to discuss foreign matters with more authority because more Senators travel to Europe.
(c) The Senate is able to counteract the decisions made by a popularly elected branch of legislature.
(d) The Senate is able to make decisions with more coolness, systematic procedure, and wisdom than the popularly elected branch of legislature.

8. Why is no argument made against Hamilton's speech?
(a) It appropriately addresses all of the concerns of the delegates.
(b) The delegates agree with the clarity of his thinking.
(c) It is so vague that the delegates do not understand what he intends.
(d) It is so extreme that no appropriate response or rebuttal is given.

9. In Chapter 11, which delegate reminds the Convention that because the states are commercial, they continue to be engaged in European politics?
(a) Rufus King.
(b) Edmund Randolph.
(c) Gunning Bradford.
(d) Governor Morris.

10. Who is Robert Morris?
(a) A delegate from New Jersey.
(b) An assistant to Washington.
(c) The governor of Maryland.
(d) The richest man in Philadelphia.

11. On May 30th, what amendment to the Virginia Resolves is proposed by Randolph?
(a) Change from a supreme power to a federal government.
(b) Change from a federal to a national government.
(c) Change from the Convention to the Committee of the Whole.
(d) Change from federal government to a democracy.

12. On July second, what question does the delegates vote on?
(a) Are additional states allowed into the Union?
(b) Are states allowed to engage in trade with Europe?
(c) Do states elect their Senators through a popular vote?
(d) Do states have an equal vote in the Senate?

13. On June 19th, which delegate begins the day by arguing against the New Jersey Plan?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Rufus King.
(c) Edmund Randolph.
(d) James Madison.

14. Which delegate is beloved by the French?
(a) Rufus King.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

15. In 1787, which American City still shows the effects of the Revolutionary War?
(a) Trenton, New Jersey.
(b) New York City.
(c) Boston.
(d) Philadelphia.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Mason give as Hamilton's reason for leaving the Convention?

2. A motion on which issue opens the discussion on June 20th?

3. According to the Convention rules, how are questions to be decided?

4. What does late-eighteenth-century Americans eat for breakfast?

5. What is the outcome of the vote over the New Jersey plan?

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