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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What did the New Jersey Plan allow the federal government to do?
(a) Regulate slavery.
(b) Support a Supreme Court.
(c) Maintain a standing army.
(d) Tax intra-state commerce.

7. What resolution was ultimately adopted?
(a) To prevent the federal government from overriding state laws.
(b) To allow the Supreme Court to decide which laws were supreme.
(c) To give federal laws supremacy over state laws.
(d) To give state laws independence from the federal legislature.

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

9. What did Alexander Hamilton propose in his speech?
(a) A standing army.
(b) An executive-for-life.
(c) A Supreme Court.
(d) Regulation of slavery.

10. Why did delegates argue for a judicial veto power?
(a) To prevent corruption.
(b) To correct bad laws.
(c) To protect small states.
(d) To prevent bad executive judgment.

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

12. What did Mr. Sherman 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 Congress.
(b) He argued that the executive should be appointed by the Supreme Court.
(c) He argued that the executive should be elected by the people.
(d) He argued that the executive should be elected by the Congress.

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

14. What did the Virginia Plan propose to do to the Articles?
(a) Extend their authority for another ten years.
(b) Discard them.
(c) Ratify them in Virginia.
(d) Fix their flaws.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Edmund Randolph present to the delegates?

2. What did Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?

3. What power was missing from the Articles?

4. What was James Madison's feeling about the compromise?

5. Who wrote the introduction to this edition of "The Anti-Federalist Papers"?

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