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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did a legitimate government require, in James Madison's opinion?
(a) Freedom from debt.
(b) A strong military.
(c) Direct democracy.
(d) Aristocrats.

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

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

5. Who was particularly concerned about the Virginia Plan?
(a) Populous states.
(b) Southern states.
(c) Large states.
(d) Small states.

6. What opinion bolstered Mr. Sherman's view about where election should take place?
(a) He believed that small states needed equal representation.
(b) He believed that the populace could be misled.
(c) He believed in a strong democracy.
(d) He believed that people could be trusted with self-governance.

7. 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) Popular sovereignty argued for representation by person.
(c) Fairness argued for representation by state.
(d) The populace would not be served by state representatives.

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

9. Which form of government includes a king whose powers are limited by a statement of the laws?
(a) Empire.
(b) Representative democracy.
(c) Constitutional monarchy.
(d) Republic.

10. How much of the Virginia Plan was accepted?
(a) Most of it.
(b) None of it.
(c) A few key provisions.
(d) All of it.

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

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

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

14. What did Madison stress in his letter to George Washington?
(a) The need for representation by population.
(b) The need for high taxes to pay for federal army and government.
(c) The need for representation by state and region.
(d) The need for restraints on popular sentiment.

15. What was the Great Compromise?
(a) Bring Texas into the union as a slave state, and Missouri as free.
(b) Appoint judges for life, but allow them to be impeached.
(c) A bicameral legislature.
(d) The creation of the Electoral College.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which constituents did Dr. Johnson want to placate with the plan he advocated?

2. What kind of representation did James Madison advocate?

3. What theory was flourishing in the 1770s in America?

4. What did Edmund Randolph present to the delegates?

5. What did Mr. Sherman argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?

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