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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the original proposal for the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 2 years residence.
(b) 7 years residence.
(c) 14 years residence.
(d) American birth.

2. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?
(a) That it was not fair to prevent so many people from participating in government.
(b) That it was not right to allow uneducated people to vote.
(c) That the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.
(d) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.

3. What did Virginia propose in its ratification process?
(a) An amendment that would recognize the right of resistance.
(b) An amendment that would limit the government's ability to tax the people.
(c) An amendment that would allow citizens to bear arms.
(d) An amendment that would recognize the freedom of speech.

4. What did Gouverneur Morris advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(b) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.
(c) He said that the executive veto itself should be able to be overridden.
(d) He said that the executive should not have a veto.

5. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He said that the standing army would only be used outside the borders.
(b) He said that factions would check each other.
(c) He said that taxation would be smaller under a central government.
(d) He said that there would be less regulation of business and commerce by a central government.

6. What threat did Mr. Pinckney make if Congress has power to restrict the slave trade?
(a) To filibuster.
(b) To secede.
(c) To march on Washington.
(d) To withhold ratification.

7. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(b) No one knows for sure.
(c) Robert Yates, probably.
(d) Melancton Smith.

8. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?
(a) Protections against taxes on slavery.
(b) Laws governing territories and provinces.
(c) Restriction on imports.
(d) Property qualifications for office.

9. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(b) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(c) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.

10. What is the current residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 10 years residence.
(b) 4 years residence.
(c) 7 years residence.
(d) American birth.

11. What did the Pennsylvania dissenters recommend to the Constitutional Convention?
(a) A standing army that would still exist in peacetime.
(b) Limitations on the expansion of the United States.
(c) Trial by jury in property conflicts.
(d) Trial by jury in all federal cases.

12. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?
(a) The states might not act in the national interest.
(b) The states could hold the federal government hostage with no votes.
(c) The states could sink the ratification process.
(d) The federal government would be powerless without unanimous ratification.

13. What symbol did Benjamin Franklin remark on, on the President's chair?
(a) An ocean and a ship.
(b) A pine tree.
(c) A sun painted on the back.
(d) An eagle on the seat.

14. What did "Brutus" argue in his letters?
(a) That the framers wanted to abolish the states.
(b) That the government will be weak on military defense.
(c) That the nation was too big for a central government.
(d) That the Supreme Court had too much power.

15. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island propose during their ratification discussions?
(a) Abolition of alcohol.
(b) Abolition of slavery.
(c) A bill of rights.
(d) Regulation of state laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?

2. What did the convention call for on July 26?

3. What did the draft of the Constitution contain concerning slavery?

4. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?

5. What was Mr. Mason's fear regarding the House of Representatives?

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