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Catherine Drinker Bowen
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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. How does Rutledge and Butler believe representation is determined?
(a) By the physical area of the state, including parts of the Western Territory.
(b) By the number of citizens living within each state.
(c) By the amount of taxes paid to the National treasury.
(d) By the number of babies born each year.

2. How does Washington get his title of Commander in Chief?
(a) Washington is appointed as the Commander of the thirteen original colonies.
(b) Washington is elected the Commander of the Convention.
(c) A popular vote elects him as General of the Continental Army.
(d) Congress elects him as General of the Continental Army.

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

4. Which delegate is Washington's neighbor on the Potomac?
(a) Elbridge Gerry.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Mason.
(d) Roger Sherman.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which state does not send a delegation to the Convention?

2. Who is Washington's aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War?

3. Who is elected secretary of the Convention?

4. What does Madison consider to be the usefulness of the Senate?

5. What motion does the Committee of the Whole approve before they adjourn on the last day of May?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of reception does John Adams receive in England?

2. What does James Wilson mean by his statement that Federal liberty is to states what civil liberty is to individuals?

3. What evidence does Bowen provide to show that the Convention delegates do not intend to reform society, but to create a government for society as it existed?

4. Why is it significant that the Constitution ultimately requires no property qualifications for those who govern the country?

5. What is New York City like in 1787?

6. In Chapter Five, which Resolves are postponed for later discussion?

7. Why are some people uncomfortable with Benjamin Franklin's ideas about government?

8. What characteristic and accomplishments make Rufus King the most impressive of the delegates from Massachusetts?

9. How does the report of the Annapolis Commission lead to the meeting of the Convention?

10. Why is Washington concerned about the Society of the Cincinnati meeting in Philadelphia at the same time as the Convention?

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