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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 did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?
(a) He told his audience that it was unnecessary because certain rights were inalienable.
(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 there had not been enough time to write a bill of rights.
(d) He reminded his audience that the government only had the rights enumerated in the Constitution.

2. What did Mr. Paterson argue about the New Jersey Plan?
(a) That it did not give the executive too much power.
(b) That it did not protect the states enough.
(c) That it diminished the power of the states.
(d) That it made the federal government too independent.

3. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?
(a) Good government cannot compete with subordinate governments.
(b) Good government needs to be energetic.
(c) Good government needs to be deliberative.
(d) Good government needs to be representative.

4. What did Patrick Henry say was the end of government?
(a) Liberty.
(b) Self-reliance.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Education.

5. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?
(a) That foreign countries would be able to divide and conquer.
(b) That the states would gain too much independence.
(c) That the federal government would become too powerful.
(d) That trade would be stifled.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?

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

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

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

5. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?

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