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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Mr. Wilson's feeling about the compromise?
(a) He felt that appointed leaders were better suited for the work of governing.
(b) He felt that majority rule alone could legitimize government.
(c) He felt that popular participation would weaken government.
(d) He felt that elections were not accurate indications of the country's needs.

2. What would happen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?
(a) Men who lusted for power and money would not run for office.
(b) Men who needed money would be liable to be influenced by special interests.
(c) Legislators would have to have wealthy patrons.
(d) The government would consist solely of landed gentry.

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

4. How did the South want the Constitution to regulate trade?
(a) The South wanted the Constitution to let Congress set tariffs with a simple majority vote.
(b) The South wanted the Constitution to keep tariffs low indefinitely.
(c) The South wanted the Constitution to keep Congress from restricting trade.
(d) The South wanted the Constitution not to regulate trade at all.

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

6. Why did many delegates support one resolution to this question?
(a) To limit the independence of the federal government.
(b) To cater to the states' needs.
(c) To avoid dissension.
(d) To reduce the federal government's power.

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

8. What subject were the delegates debating in Chapter 6?
(a) Who should be eligible to vote in elections.
(b) Whether the executive should be singular or plural.
(c) Whether the federal government should oversee state laws.
(d) Whether government officers should receive pay.

9. What did the delegates debate concerning state laws?
(a) Whether state laws could govern inter-state trade.
(b) Whether the federal government could control state laws.
(c) Whether the states could allow the death penalty.
(d) Whether state laws could set precedent for federal laws.

10. What deliberative body created a compromise between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan?
(a) A grand committee.
(b) The Congress.
(c) The Supreme Court.
(d) The Senate.

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

12. What did the Southern economy rely on at the time of the constitutional convention?
(a) Imports.
(b) Expansion.
(c) Exports.
(d) State-to-state trade.

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

14. What did James Madison argue during the argument over representation by person or by state?
(a) The ruling classes would benefit by representation by state.
(b) Fairness argued for representation by state.
(c) Popular sovereignty argued for representation by person.
(d) The populace would not be served by state representatives.

15. What kind of representation did James Madison advocate?
(a) Representation by person.
(b) Representation by state.
(c) Representation by state size.
(d) Representation by revenue.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?

2. What did Gouverneur Morris argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?

3. What were the delegates debating in Chapter 3?

4. What happened to the motion not to give government officers salaries?

5. What did Mr. Mason support at the convention?

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