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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?
(a) He argued that checks and balances would create an endless torrent of inter-branch lawsuits.
(b) He argued that checks and balances would obscure corruption and tyranny.
(c) He argued that checks and balances would make the government slow to respond to military threats.
(d) He argued that checks and balances would paralyze the government.
2. What imbalance gave James Madison cause for worry about ratification in the states?
(a) The disparity between Northern and Southern state interests.
(b) The disparity between East Coast states and frontier territories.
(c) The disparity between landowners and laborers.
(d) The disparity between national and state interests.
3. What did Patrick Henry say was the end of government?
4. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He argued that a centralized government would distribute the wealth more effectively.
(b) He argued that checks and balances would lead to government paralysis.
(c) He argued that a central government would be more efficient than a number of state governments.
(d) He argued that large nations are less dangerous than quarrelling small states.
5. What did "Federal Farmer" say the current Constitution would lead to?
(c) Tyranny of the mass.
6. 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 not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(c) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.
7. 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 uneducated people would vote in large numbers.
(c) They were afraid that the states would be able to suppress immigrant votes.
(d) They were afraid that immigrants would send too much money back to their homelands.
8. What did Gouverneur Morris advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive veto itself should be able to be overridden.
(b) He said that the executive should not have a veto.
(c) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.
(d) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
9. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that it would result in better services.
(b) He argued that the European nations were taxed more heavily.
(c) He argued that it was necessary.
(d) He argued that the government would use tax money wisely.
10. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?
(a) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.
(b) He thought it left the states with too many contradictory obligations regarding the federal government.
(c) He was not sure it created the right government.
(d) He thought it centralized power too much.
11. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(c) Ratification by straw poll.
(d) Ratification by state legislature.
12. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?
(a) It created loyalty only to itself.
(b) It consumed necessary resources.
(c) It turned countries toward tyranny.
(d) It did not answer to the legislature.
13. What did "Brutus" say about the danger of trying to govern a large area?
(a) It would require too many bureaucrats.
(b) It would be expensive and inefficient.
(c) It would lead to wars.
(d) It would create tyranny.
14. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?
(a) That it was not right to allow uneducated people to vote.
(b) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
(c) That the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.
(d) That it was not fair to prevent so many people from participating in government.
15. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(b) No one knows for sure.
(c) Melancton Smith.
(d) Robert Yates, probably.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which delegate expressed his regrets about not signing the Constitution?
2. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?
3. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?
4. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
5. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?
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