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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?
(a) The people would revolt.
(b) The government would not be legitimate.
(c) The states would acquire too much power.
(d) State and federal powers would balance.
2. What did James Madison argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?
(a) He argued that the legislature should elect the executive.
(b) He argued that the Supreme Court should appoint the executive.
(c) He argued that the legislature should appoint the executive.
(d) He argued that the executive and the legislature should be kept separate.
3. What thoughts did Mr. Wilson express at the convention?
(a) Popular election will give people confidence in the government.
(b) Popular election will allow the people to mislead each other.
(c) Popular election will lead to a tyranny of the masses.
(d) Popular election will debase public discourse.
4. What was James Madison's feeling about the compromise?
(a) He felt that the convention was sacrificing large states to small states.
(b) He felt that the convention was striking the right balance.
(c) He felt that the convention was sacrificing justice for the small states.
(d) He felt that the convention was sacrificing federalism to distributed power.
5. What was the dominant fear about the executive?
(a) The power to go to war.
(b) The power to regulate trade.
(c) The power to appoint judges.
(d) The power to impose taxes.
6. Why did delegates argue that Senators should be elected in state legislatures?
(a) The government would be composed of professional politicians.
(b) The House of Representatives would be counter-balanced.
(c) The state legislatures would thereby gain power against the federal government.
(d) The states would therefore have an interest in preserving the federal government.
7. What did Gouverneur Morris argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?
(a) He argued that the executive should be appointed by the Senate.
(b) He argued that the executive should be elected by the people.
(c) He argued that the executive should be appointed by the Supreme Court.
(d) He argued that the executive should be elected by the Congress.
8. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?
(a) That the states would gain too much independence.
(b) That the federal government would become too powerful.
(c) That trade would be stifled.
(d) That foreign countries would be able to divide and conquer.
9. Who wrote the introduction to this edition of "The Anti-Federalist Papers"?
(a) Ralph Ketcham.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Sacvan Bercovitch.
10. How would government service be seen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?
(a) As a privilege.
(b) As a stepping stone.
(c) As an entitlement.
(d) As a duty.
11. What did Mr. Hamilton argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?
(a) Senators should have short terms in order to remain subject to their constituents.
(b) Senators should serve for life to create continuity in government.
(c) Senators should appoint their successors.
(d) Senators should have long terms to stay above the fray.
12. What was Mr. Wilson's feeling about the compromise?
(a) He felt that majority rule alone could legitimize government.
(b) He felt that appointed leaders were better suited for the work of governing.
(c) He felt that popular participation would weaken government.
(d) He felt that elections were not accurate indications of the country's needs.
13. What did George Mason argue in the debate of June 4?
(a) He argued for a unified executive.
(b) He argued for an appointed executive.
(c) He argued for an elected executive.
(d) He argued against a unified executive.
14. What did Alexander Hamilton want to protect the executive from?
(a) Foreign influence.
(c) Popular sentiment.
15. What did Madison and Jefferson want to do about judges?
(a) Protect them from popular politics.
(b) Review their judgments in the Congress.
(c) Allow them independence in their rulings.
(d) Subject them to elections.
Short Answer Questions
1. Delegates were trying to strike a balance in their decision about electing representatives for the House between what?
2. What would happen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?
3. What did opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted think would be the consequence of adopting the proposal?
4. What was the objection to democracy at the constitutional convention?
5. What did James Madison recommend for the appointment of Supreme Court Justices?
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