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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part II: Ratification of the Constitution, Chapters 31-34.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did many delegates support one resolution to this question?
(a) To reduce the federal government's power.
(b) To cater to the states' needs.
(c) To avoid dissension.
(d) To limit the independence of the federal government.

2. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(b) Revision of the Constitution.
(c) States rights.
(d) Ratification of the Constitution.

3. Who was particularly concerned about the Virginia Plan?
(a) Large states.
(b) Populous states.
(c) Small states.
(d) Southern states.

4. What imbalance gave James Madison cause for worry about ratification in the states?
(a) The disparity between national and state interests.
(b) The disparity between Northern and Southern state interests.
(c) The disparity between landowners and laborers.
(d) The disparity between East Coast states and frontier territories.

5. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by state legislature.
(c) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(d) Ratification by straw poll.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Alexander Hamilton want to protect the executive from?

2. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?

3. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?

4. What did delegates oppose in the Virginia Plan?

5. How did the New Jersey Plan resolve the question of the relationship of state laws to federal laws?

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