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

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

3. What is the function of the Committee of the Whole House?
(a) To give delegates the chance to gather in smaller groups to discuss issues.
(b) To vote on the Virginia Resolves.
(c) To maintain an accurate record of all the issues being discussed.
(d) To allow delegates a chance to discuss issues without being bound to their opinion.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which delegate is elected chairman of the Committee of the Whole?

2. Who is Edmund Randolph?

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

4. What does Bedford declare the small states do if the large states dissolve the Confederation?

5. Why is Thomas Jefferson absent from the Convention?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is New York City like in 1787?

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

10. Why does the Convention remove the word "national" from the first Virginia Resolve?

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