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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 argues that the only requirement for a legislator is citizenship, with no restriction on the length of time the individual has been in America?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Pierce Butler.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Edmund Randolph.

2. Why does Franklin believe foreign-born citizens are allowed to serve in Congress?
(a) Their choice to live in America indicates a depth of attachment to and affection for the country.
(b) Those who live elsewhere have more life experience to share.
(c) Foreign-born citizens are more likely to support a national government.
(d) Their knowledge of commerce and trade in Europe helps a new government.

3. Why is a permanent location for the new government more important than it is for the old government?
(a) Because the new President wants a permanent home.
(b) To provide a distinction from the old government, where Congress moves from city to city.
(c) To alleviate sectional differences, since Southern congressmen feel uncomfortable in the North.
(d) There are more congressmen, including those from the interior of the country, and there needs to be a consistency for travel purposes.

4. Why do delegates to the Massachusetts Convention meet in Boston's Brattle Street Church?
(a) Samuel Adams wants all meetings to open with prayer.
(b) The State House is too small.
(c) The governor is an active member of the church.
(d) The church is the foundation of Massachusetts government.

5. What is the Bill of Rights?
(a) The first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
(b) A universal declaration of the rights of humans.
(c) The first seven articles of the Constitution.
(d) The first proposal by the Continental Congress.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which article, in the document presented by the Committee of Detail, alarms the Maryland delegates?

3. What is Deism?

4. What is the federal ratio?

5. Which basic proposition is common to the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, and the Report of the Committee of Detail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the basis for the arguments presented by the Anti-federalists in Massachusetts?

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

3. What is the difference between the British and American views of the farmer during the eighteenth century?

4. What are the arguments presented against including a Bill of Rights in the Constitution?

5. 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?

6. Why is ratification an important issue?

7. Why is slavery an issue at the Convention?

8. Why does Randolph decline to sign the Constitution?

9. What do Randolph and the other members of the Committee of Detail think are necessary elements for a well-composed Constitution?

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

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