The Anti-Federalist Papers; and, the Constitutional Convention Debates Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 17-20.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did delegates argue that Senators should be elected in state legislatures?
(a) The states would therefore have an interest in preserving the federal government.
(b) The government would be composed of professional politicians.
(c) The House of Representatives would be counter-balanced.
(d) The state legislatures would thereby gain power against the federal government.

2. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?
(a) They thought it would give the large states fair representation.
(b) They thought it would make for debate that is more dignified.
(c) They thought it would limit the influence of the executive.
(d) They thought it would make Senators more intimate and therefore more willing to compromise.

3. What plan did James Madison favor?
(a) A diplomatic plan.
(b) A state-centric plan.
(c) An isolationist plan.
(d) A federal plan.

4. 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 trade would be stifled.
(d) That the federal government would become too powerful.

5. Where did James Madison argue government legitimacy came from?
(a) The power of the government.
(b) The political process itself.
(c) The righteousness of laws.
(d) Consent of the governed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason did delegates give for Senators being elected in state legislatures?

2. How did the New Jersey Plan resolve the question of the relationship of state laws to federal laws?

3. What did Mr. Hamilton argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?

4. Which constituents did Dr. Johnson want to placate with the plan he advocated?

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

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