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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which party did James Wilson belong to?
(a) Whig.
(b) Federalist.
(c) Tory.
(d) Anti-Federalist.

2. What were supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship afraid of?
(a) They were afraid that the national interest would be subverted by foreigners.
(b) They were afraid that immigrants would send too much money back to their homelands.
(c) They were afraid that uneducated people would vote in large numbers.
(d) They were afraid that the states would be able to suppress immigrant votes.

3. What did "Federal Farmer" argue regarding the separation of powers?
(a) That it would encourage lawsuits.
(b) That it would slow the government's response to events.
(c) That it was disconnected from the popular will.
(d) That it would hide government corruption.

4. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) He feared that the states were not equally represented.
(b) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(c) He feared that Senators' terms are too long.
(d) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.

5. How did Patrick Henry describe fear?
(a) As the enemy to reason.
(b) As the paralyzing emotion.
(c) As the restraint of the wise.
(d) As the passion of slaves.

6. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the federal judiciary should not have?
(a) The power to amend executive orders.
(b) The power to oversee the executive.
(c) The power to amend taxes.
(d) The power to change state laws.

7. 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 universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
(d) That the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.

8. What did Rhode Island propose to ban?
(a) Restrictions on inter-state trade.
(b) Standing armies in peacetime.
(c) Checks and balances.
(d) Political contributions from businesses.

9. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(c) Ratification by straw poll.
(d) Ratification by state legislature.

10. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) He said that delegates were understating the ease with which people assimilate into American culture.
(b) He said that delegates were opening the floodgates to a tide of poor workers by opening restrictions on immigration.
(c) He said that delegates were cutting off sources of new talent by limiting immigration.
(d) He said that delegates were exaggerating the threat of European immigration.

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

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

13. 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 taxation would be smaller under a central government.
(c) He said that factions would check each other.
(d) He said that there would be less regulation of business and commerce by a central government.

14. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?
(a) Good government needs to be representative.
(b) Good government cannot compete with subordinate governments.
(c) Good government needs to be energetic.
(d) Good government needs to be deliberative.

15. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?
(a) A free government cannot govern so large and disparate an area.
(b) The lack of restrictions on the government's ability to tax the people.
(c) The lack of a bill of rights.
(d) The strength of the federal government.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?

2. What threat did Mr. Pinckney make if Congress has power to restrict the slave trade?

3. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?

4. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?

5. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?

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