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

2. In Chapter Eight, what startling statement is attributed to Franklin?
(a) That suffrage in the House is according to the free population of a state.
(b) That each state has one vote in the Senate.
(c) That he is not opposed to giving part of Pennsylvania to New Jersey or Delaware to make the states more equal in size.
(d) That blacks remain property in the South.

3. What American diversion does Chevalier de Chastelleux experience while in Connecticut?
(a) Horse racing.
(b) Hunting wild turkey.
(c) Clearing timber for farmland.
(d) Squirrel hunting.

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

5. Which delegate is credited with being the strongest influence on the creation of the 1787 Convention?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Patrick Henry.
(c) Rufus King.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

6. Which delegate opens the Convention's "main business"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Edmund Randolph.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

7. Which delegate is born in Scotland and signs the Declaration of Independence?
(a) John Dickinson.
(b) John Rutledge.
(c) Pierce Butler.
(d) James Wilson.

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

9. Which state delegation split their vote on July second?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Pennsylvania.
(c) Maryland.
(d) New York.

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

11. Which delegate chairs the committee that writes the Articles of Confederation?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) James Wilson.
(c) James Madison.
(d) John Dickinson.

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

13. Who proposes the compromise on representation?
(a) James Wilson.
(b) Elbridge Gerry.
(c) John Rutledge.
(d) Roger Sherman.

14. A motion on which issue opens the discussion on June 20th?
(a) A motion to remove "national" from the first Virginia Resolve.
(b) A motion to allow Congress to have two branches.
(c) A motion to choose between the New Jersey and Virginia Plans.
(d) A motion on how senators are chosen.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do delegates see if they visit Carpenters' Hall?

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

3. What two types of documents do Convention delegates have to guide their discussion of states' rights?

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

5. What does Bowen consider the most striking feature of the New Jersey Plan?

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