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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Mr. Gerry think the country's current troubles came from?
(a) Too much democracy.
(b) Too little religion.
(c) Too little representation in government.
(d) Too much foreign influence.

2. Who wrote the introduction to this edition of "The Anti-Federalist Papers"?
(a) Ralph Ketcham.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Sacvan Bercovitch.

3. What did Madison argue for in his letter to George Washington?
(a) The supremacy of national laws over states' laws.
(b) Independence of states to coin money.
(c) Independence of states to make laws.
(d) Restraints against a supreme national legislature.

4. Which form of government includes a representative government without hereditary privilege?
(a) Representative democracy.
(b) Republic.
(c) Oligarchy.
(d) Constitutional monarchy.

5. What thoughts did Mr. Wilson express at the convention?
(a) Popular election will debase public discourse.
(b) Popular election will allow the people to mislead each other.
(c) Popular election will give people confidence in the government.
(d) Popular election will lead to a tyranny of the masses.

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

7. What did Edmund Randolph present to the delegates?
(a) The New Jersey Plan.
(b) The Virginia Plan.
(c) The Great Compromise.
(d) Articles of Confederation.

8. What did Mr. Hamilton argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?
(a) Senators should serve for life to create continuity in government.
(b) Senators should have short terms in order to remain subject to their constituents.
(c) Senators should appoint their successors.
(d) Senators should have long terms to stay above the fray.

9. What was the benefit of adopting the resolution that was ultimately adopted?
(a) It resolved decades of inter-state tension.
(b) It created a need for a lot of inter-state lawsuits.
(c) It weakened the Articles of Confederation and gave the states more power.
(d) It allowed the federal government to be effective.

10. What did Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?
(a) Instituting a Supreme Court.
(b) Centralizing power in the federal government.
(c) Reducing the size of the federal government.
(d) Preserving state power.

11. What did George Mason argue in the debate of June 4?
(a) He argued against a unified executive.
(b) He argued for an appointed executive.
(c) He argued for a unified executive.
(d) He argued for an elected executive.

12. Where did Mr. Sherman say election should take place?
(a) In the Electoral College.
(b) Among sitting representatives.
(c) In the state legislatures.
(d) In the popular polls.

13. What did James Madison support?
(a) A government of businesses.
(b) A strong federal government.
(c) Strong state governments.
(d) A system of checks and balances.

14. What did Mr. Mason propose in his arguments of June 4?
(a) That there be two executives, like Roman consuls.
(b) That there be an executive for each region.
(c) That the executive be chosen in popular elections.
(d) That the executive be appointed by Congress.

15. What did Randolph argue at the convention?
(a) That the states should be trusted with managing their own affairs.
(b) That the Constitution would need to stress diplomacy with foreign nations.
(c) That the Articles of Confederation were sufficient.
(d) That the government needs to be strong to serve its purposes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did delegates argue that Senators should be elected in state legislatures?

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

3. What did the delegates argue concerning the question of whether the judiciary should be associated with the executive?

4. What did the Virginia Plan propose to do to the Articles?

5. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?

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