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

2. What did the New Jersey Plan allow the federal government to do?
(a) Tax intra-state commerce.
(b) Regulate slavery.
(c) Support a Supreme Court.
(d) Maintain a standing army.

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

4. What resolution was ultimately adopted?
(a) To prevent the federal government from overriding state laws.
(b) To give state laws independence from the federal legislature.
(c) To give federal laws supremacy over state laws.
(d) To allow the Supreme Court to decide which laws were supreme.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?

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

3. Why did many delegates support one resolution to this question?

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

5. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?

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