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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were Americans concluding by the 1780s?
(a) That representation could have been earned without warfare.
(b) That the federal executive was too weak.
(c) That mercantile colonialism had been a working model before the revolution.
(d) That there was too much power in the federal government.

2. Why did Mr. Wilson prefer the New Jersey Plan?
(a) Because it provided multiple legislative houses.
(b) Because it provided for a standing army.
(c) Because it centralized power in the executive.
(d) Because it protected America from European influence.

3. What did Mr. Sherman argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?
(a) Long terms allow leaders to learn on the job.
(b) Short terms create perpetual campaigns.
(c) Long terms will preserve continuity in government.
(d) Short terms allow bad rulers to be removed.

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

5. 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 vote down state laws.
(d) Congress's ability to regulate interstate trade.

6. What did Madison and Jefferson want to do about judges?
(a) Subject them to elections.
(b) Protect them from popular politics.
(c) Allow them independence in their rulings.
(d) Review their judgments in the Congress.

7. 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.

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

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

10. Which bodies were the delegates considering as electors of Representatives in the House?
(a) State legislatures or the national senate.
(b) Special committees or state legislatures.
(c) The people or state legislatures.
(d) Property owners or free men.

11. What kind of political thought was flourishing in the 1770s in America?
(a) Practical political thought.
(b) Radical political thought.
(c) Aristocratic political thought.
(d) Conservative political thought.

12. What theory was flourishing in the 1770s in America?
(a) The theory of intelligent design.
(b) The theory of institutional design.
(c) The theory of evolution.
(d) The theory of free trade and open markets.

13. 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.

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

15. What did Mr. Paterson argue about the New Jersey Plan?
(a) That it did not give the executive too much power.
(b) That it diminished the power of the states.
(c) That it did not protect the states enough.
(d) That it made the federal government too independent.

Short Answer Questions

1. What plan did James Madison favor?

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

3. What did George Mason say he feared, in his argument on June 4?

4. Alexander Hamilton gave a speech that expressed what value?

5. What were Americans and Britons discussing a great deal during the 1770s?

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