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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. Which delegate is president of the Illinois-Wabash Land Company?
(a) George Washington.
(b) James Wilson.
(c) Manasseh Cutler.
(d) Rufus King.

2. What does Congress do eight days after receiving the Constitution?
(a) Pass a motion that the Constitution is approved, pending approval of nine states.
(b) Pass a recommendation that states call conventions for the purpose of ratification.
(c) Pass a series of amendments to the Constitution.
(d) Propose a series of amendments to the Constitution for the states to consider.

3. Which basic proposition is common to the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Report of the Committee of Detail?
(a) Length of residency for Congress members.
(b) The method of determining who is chief executive.
(c) Proportional representation for each state by size of state-owned land.
(d) A government in three parts: executive, legislative, judicial.

4. Where does the Constitution go after it is signed in Philadelphia?
(a) To Congress for ratification.
(b) To state governors for their approval, then to Congress.
(c) To the individual states for ratification.
(d) To Congress, who recommends it to the states for ratification.

5. The delegates pass a motion that the official Convention papers are kept by whom?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are French noblemen amazed to find Revolutionary War officers working as innkeepers?

2. Who creates a dictionary to capitalize on the uniqueness of the American language?

3. What does the Committee of Detail present to the Convention on August 6th?

4. Who is named amanuensis for the Committee of Style and Arrangement?

5. What is the Bill of Rights?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Thomas Jefferson's reaction to the Constitution?

2. Why does Randolph decline to sign the Constitution?

3. Why is ratification an important issue?

4. Why are test oaths an issue for the delegates?

5. Why is the Northwest Ordinance called the third great document of American history?

6. Why aren't the delegates upset by the idea of a monarchy as a form of government?

7. Why is Jonathan Smith's speech powerful?

8. What is the Committee of Style and Arrangement?

9. Why is the insertion of the phrase "We the People of the United States" considered to be both a bold move and a smart decision?

10. What arguments do the Anti-federalists use in their opposition to the Constitution?

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