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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. Chapter Five describes which Virginia Resolve that is considered at the beginning of June?
(a) The method of representation within the legislature.
(b) The institution of a national executive.
(c) The ability for Congress to tax the states.
(d) The ability for the President to veto measures.

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

3. What motion does the Committee of the Whole approve before they adjourn on the last day of May?
(a) The motion that the President should be elected by popular vote.
(b) The motion that the President should be elected for life.
(c) The motion that the national legislature should have three branches.
(d) The motion that the national legislature should have two branches.

4. What two types of documents do Convention delegates have to guide their discussion of states' rights?
(a) The Articles of the Confederation and the Declaration of Independence.
(b) The state constitutions and the Declaration of Independence.
(c) The Articles of the Confederation and the Bill of Rights.
(d) The state constitutions and the Articles of the Confederation.

5. On July second, what question does the delegates vote on?
(a) Are states allowed to engage in trade with Europe?
(b) Do states have an equal vote in the Senate?
(c) Are additional states allowed into the Union?
(d) Do states elect their Senators through a popular vote?

Short Answer Questions

1. The delegates decide that congressmen are to be paid how?

2. Where does the Convention meet?

3. How does Dr. Franklin arrive at the State House?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Sherman Compromise important?

2. What arguments do James Madison present in his rebuttal of the New Jersey plan?

3. Why is there a secrecy rule at the Convention?

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

5. What is the Committee of the Whole?

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

7. Why does Madison believe popular ratification of the Constitution is essential?

8. Why are Patrick Henry and Sam Adams absent from the Convention?

9. What rules do Convention delegates agree upon?

10. What does the Virginia Resolves propose?

(see the answer keys)

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