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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which delegate from South Carolina claims to have a plan similar to that presented by Edmund Randolph?
(a) Elbridge Gerry.
(b) James Madison.
(c) John Adams.
(d) Charles Pinkney.

2. Which delegate is called "The Tall Boy" during the Continental Congress?
(a) Rufus King.
(b) Elbridge Gerry.
(c) Governor Morris.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

3. At the beginning of the Convention, Governor Morris reads a letter from whom?
(a) Thirteen merchants from Rhode Island.
(b) Thirteen Congressmen.
(c) Thirteen delegates from New Hampshire.
(d) Thirteen officers from Cincinnati.

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

5. By the events of Chapter 11, how is the balloting taking place?
(a) In smaller sub-committees.
(b) In the full Convention.
(c) Only in the Committee of the Whole.
(d) Only in state caucuses.

6. Who is Washington's aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War?
(a) Gerry.
(b) Hamilton.
(c) Madison.
(d) King.

7. What is the first resolution of the New Jersey Plan?
(a) That the Articles of Confederation are revised to make the federal Constitution adequate.
(b) That a single executive governs the country.
(c) That all states have equal representation in Congress.
(d) That a national government is established with a supreme legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

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

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

10. Who is elected the president of the Convention?
(a) Madison.
(b) Washington.
(c) Morris.
(d) Hamilton.

11. What is the significance of May 25th?
(a) That is the day the delegates from Virginia arrive.
(b) That is the day the Virginia Resolves are presented.
(c) That is the day George Washington arrives.
(d) That is the day the Convention officially opens.

12. The delegates decide that congressmen are to be paid how?
(a) By a salary with annual raises based on longevity.
(b) By a fixed, moderate stipend from individual state treasuries.
(c) By a fixed salary equivalent to two-thirds of a typical merchant salary.
(d) By fixed, moderate stipend from the national treasury.

13. What does late-eighteenth-century Americans eat for breakfast?
(a) Squirrel ragout.
(b) "Relishes", including salt fish, ham, and bacon.
(c) Breads and cereals.
(d) Vegetable porridges.

14. What do delegates see if they visit Carpenters' Hall?
(a) Newly published poems.
(b) Fossil bones.
(c) Models of mechanical instruments.
(d) Freshly caught fish.

15. Which delegate is the oldest?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) George Washington.
(d) James Madison.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Hamilton get named as a delegate to the Convention?

2. What does the "pursuit of happiness" mean to the Convention delegates?

3. What does Madison consider "a clear principle of free government"?

4. How does Washington get his title of Commander in Chief?

5. As described in Chapter Four, what is the main focus of the delegates' debates?

(see the answer keys)

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