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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. What kind of veto power does the Convention delegates finally grant to the executive?
(a) Absolute veto power.
(b) Veto power subject to overrule by 2/3 of Congress.
(c) Veto power subject to overrule by 1/2 of Congress.
(d) No veto power.

2. What is Dr. Franklin's proposal for payment of the executive?
(a) The executive is paid a fixed fee determined by state legislatures.
(b) The executive is not paid.
(c) The executive is paid a percentage of his job before election.
(d) The executive is paid a fixed fee determined by Congress.

3. Who is Guillaume Penn?
(a) A French statesman who lives in Pennsylvania.
(b) The founder of the Pennsylvania Quakers, admired by the French.
(c) A member of the Pennsylvania Congress who favors trade with the French.
(d) The founder of a French religious colony in Pennsylvania.

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

5. What does Bedford declare the small states do if the large states dissolve the Confederation?
(a) Start a war against the large states.
(b) Band together to form their own union.
(c) Align themselves with one of the large states.
(d) Find a foreign ally to assist them.

6. In Chapter Six, the Convention delegates decide the members of the National Senate are to be chosen by which procedure?
(a) Appointment by the Chief Executive.
(b) Appointment by state legislatures.
(c) Election by popular vote.
(d) Election by current members of the Congress.

7. What is important about the reading of state credentials?
(a) Reading the state credentials give everyone a chance to get used to the regional differences in speech and accent.
(b) The state credentials allow the delegates to introduce themselves, because they are all strangers.
(c) Reading the state credentials make the actions legal under the Articles of Confederation.
(d) The state credentials reveal signs of the way the states are thinking at the start of the discussion.

8. In Chapter 10, the delegates vote that senators are chosen by whom?
(a) Citizens in a popular vote.
(b) The Chief Executive.
(c) State legislatures.
(d) Members of Congress.

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

10. What is the result of Dr. Franklin's speech on representation as described in Chapter Eight?
(a) The delegates close discussion about representation and move to a different issue.
(b) Tempers cool and the delegates re-examine the issue.
(c) Tempers flare and the delegates adjourn to give everyone time to think.
(d) The delegates adopt Dr. Franklin's recommendations.

11. 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 by popular vote.
(c) The motion that the national legislature should have three branches.
(d) The motion that the President should be elected for life.

12. Where does the Convention meet?
(a) The White House.
(b) The Congressional buildings.
(c) The Pennsylvania State House.
(d) Washington, D.C..

13. What sound is prevalent in Philadelphia during the Convention?
(a) The clang of the printing press.
(b) The hissing of steam engines.
(c) Preachers preaching.
(d) The ringing of bells.

14. Why does Dr. Franklin argue for a plural executive?
(a) He wants to share the position with George Washington.
(b) He believes a single executive inflames the British.
(c) He believes a single executive becomes ill and unable to conduct public affairs.
(d) He believes a plural executive better reflects the interest of all the states.

15. Which "firebrands" of the American Revolution are absent from the Convention?
(a) Patrick Henry and Sam Adams.
(b) Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Sam Adams and Alexander Hamilton.
(d) George Washington and Patrick Henry.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which delegate is Washington's neighbor on the Potomac?

3. Which delegate is the oldest?

4. Which state sends the most delegates to the Convention?

5. Which delegate chairs the committee that writes the Articles of Confederation?

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