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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. What do delegates see if they visit Carpenters' Hall?
(a) Models of mechanical instruments.
(b) Newly published poems.
(c) Freshly caught fish.
(d) Fossil bones.

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

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

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

5. Which American food does Brissot de Warville describe as food for the man who wants to be free?
(a) The apple.
(b) Squirrel.
(c) The potato.
(d) Deer or venison.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Edmund Randolph oppose a single executive?

3. Who proposes the compromise on representation?

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

5. Which delegate is credited with being the strongest influence on the creation of the 1787 Convention?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the delegates to the Convention understand as the meaning of "democracy"?

2. What are considered to be the disadvantages to having a single executive?

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

4. What is New York City like in 1787?

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

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

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

8. Why is the Sherman Compromise important?

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

10. What is the relationship between France and America during the period of the Convention?

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