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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. What was the benefit of adopting the resolution that was ultimately adopted?
(a) It created a need for a lot of inter-state lawsuits.
(b) It resolved decades of inter-state tension.
(c) It allowed the federal government to be effective.
(d) It weakened the Articles of Confederation and gave the states more power.

2. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?
(a) He said it was not a general problem.
(b) He said that there would not be many cases where this applied.
(c) He said that trial by military tribunal was just as fair.
(d) He said that it would be compensated by strong protections at the state level.

3. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
(a) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(b) He argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.
(c) He said that Congress would keep the army in line.
(d) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.

4. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?
(a) He reminded his audience that the government only had the rights enumerated in the Constitution.
(b) He told his audience that a bill of rights would require some trial and error, and therefore time.
(c) He told his audience that it was unnecessary because certain rights were inalienable.
(d) He told his audience that there had not been enough time to write a bill of rights.

5. Where on the political spectrum were Alexander Hamilton's opinions?
(a) Closer to democracy than republicanism.
(b) Closer to monarchy than democracy.
(c) Closer to republicanism than democracy.
(d) Closer to anarchy than democracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the New Jersey Plan allow the federal government to do?

2. How much of the Virginia Plan was accepted?

3. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?

4. What did William Paterson offer the convention?

5. What did the convention call for on July 26?

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