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

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

3. Which issue tie up the Convention proceedings for days?
(a) How states are to be represented in Congress.
(b) How states are to be governed.
(c) How states elect members of the Senate.
(d) How states are allowed to veto Congressional decisions.

4. What does Madison consider "a clear principle of free government"?
(a) The ability of anyone to run for legislative office.
(b) The announcement and publication of all government decisions.
(c) The ability of the people to elect at least one branch of the legislature.
(d) Voting rights for everyone, regardless of status.

5. Which state sends the most delegates to the Convention?
(a) Delaware.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Pennsylvania.
(d) New York.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is no argument made against Hamilton's speech?

2. Why is indigence a bad word for most delegates to the Convention?

3. Where does the Convention meet?

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

5. Who proposes the compromise on representation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Sherman Compromise important?

2. Why does Washington call sovereignty a "monster"?

3. What does General Washington write about in his letters to people back home in Virginia?

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

5. In Chapter Eight, why does Bowen include an anecdote from Pierce's Reliques?

6. What are the "original principles" according to the delegates?

7. What rules do Convention delegates agree upon?

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

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

10. What are the terms of Hamilton's plan for a republican government?

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