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

2. What did Mr. Williamson advocate for the term length on the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Seven year terms for the executive, without reelection.
(b) Lifetime appointments for the executive.
(c) Four year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection.
(d) Seven year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection

3. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
(a) Requirements for serving in the military.
(b) Qualifications for traveling abroad.
(c) Qualifications for holding office.
(d) Qualifications for owning property.

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

5. How did the New Jersey Plan resolve the question of the relationship of state laws to federal laws?
(a) Congressional laws were still the law of the land.
(b) State laws could still take precedence.
(c) The Supreme Court would decide on a state-by-state basis which laws took precedence.
(d) It gave the states priority in matters of trade, but the federal government priority in military matters.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alexander Hamilton gave a speech that expressed what value?

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

3. What did opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted think would be the consequence of adopting the proposal?

4. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?

5. What was the benefit of adopting the resolution that was ultimately adopted?

(see the answer key)

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