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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were Americans and Britons discussing a great deal during the 1770s?
(a) Warfare against the Native Americans.
(b) Political thought and theory.
(c) Warfare against the French.
(d) The Massachusetts charter.

2. What was James Madison's feeling about the compromise?
(a) He felt that the convention was sacrificing federalism to distributed power.
(b) He felt that the convention was sacrificing justice for the small states.
(c) He felt that the convention was sacrificing large states to small states.
(d) He felt that the convention was striking the right balance.

3. What power was missing from the Articles?
(a) The power to conduct war.
(b) The power to regulate foreign trade.
(c) The power to amend the Articles.
(d) Executive power.

4. What was cut out when the Constitutional Convention doted down part of the Virginia Plan?
(a) Congress's ability to regulate interstate trade.
(b) Congress's ability to vote down state laws.
(c) Congress's ability to impose state taxes.
(d) Congress's ability to declare war.

5. What did delegates debate on June 6?
(a) How to declare war.
(b) How to elect members of the House.
(c) How to appoint judges.
(d) How to limit the executive's power.

6. Where do delegates think that authority needs to originate in order to be legitimate?
(a) The landowners.
(b) The poor.
(c) The merchants.
(d) The people.

7. 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 appoint their successors.
(c) Senators should have long terms to stay above the fray.
(d) Senators should serve for life to create continuity in government.

8. Where on the political spectrum were Alexander Hamilton's opinions?
(a) Closer to anarchy than democracy.
(b) Closer to monarchy than democracy.
(c) Closer to republicanism than democracy.
(d) Closer to democracy than republicanism.

9. What compromise did this body propose, between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan?
(a) The government would maintain a standing army, but not a big one.
(b) Missouri entered the union as a free state, and Texas as a slave state.
(c) State representation in the upper house, and representation by person in the lower house.
(d) Supreme Court Judges would be appointed by the executive, but the Congress could override the appointment.

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

11. What did Madison and Jefferson feel about Virginia?
(a) That the taxation rates were too low.
(b) That democracy restricted the leaders.
(c) That international trade would solve its budget problems.
(d) That the executive was too weak.

12. What did Mr. Mason support at the convention?
(a) Election by the people.
(b) Election of Senators by Senators.
(c) Election by state legislatures.
(d) Appointment by the President.

13. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?
(a) The states would acquire too much power.
(b) State and federal powers would balance.
(c) The people would revolt.
(d) The government would not be legitimate.

14. Delegates were trying to strike a balance in their decision about electing representatives for the House between what?
(a) Between federal and state power.
(b) Between ideals and practical applications.
(c) Between American and foreign power.
(d) Between East coast and southern power.

15. Who proposed that government officers not receive salaries?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) James Madison.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many branches of government did Mr. Madison propose be elected?

2. What position did "Publius" advocate?

3. What were Americans concluding by the 1780s?

4. What did James Madison recommend for the appointment of Supreme Court Justices?

5. What kind of rulers did James Madison believe the country needed?

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