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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. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?
(a) The draft was almost entirely rewritten.
(b) Revisions gave the Congress veto power over presidential appointments.
(c) Not extensive at all.
(d) Revisions separated the branches of government.

2. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?
(a) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
(b) That it was not fair to prevent so many people from participating in government.
(c) That it was not right to allow uneducated people to vote.
(d) That the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.

3. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Appointment by the Supreme Court would be best.
(b) Appointment by an electoral college would be best.
(c) Election by the people would hurt the public interest.
(d) Election by Congress would hurt the public interest.

4. What did delegates oppose in the Virginia Plan?
(a) Increasing the federal government's power.
(b) Isolating America in the international community.
(c) Giving the states too much independence.
(d) Giving populous states too much influence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What resolution was ultimately adopted?

2. How much of the Virginia Plan was accepted?

3. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?

4. Why did Mr. Wilson prefer the New Jersey Plan?

5. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?

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