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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?
(a) National origin restrictions.
(b) Race restrictions.
(c) Landowner restrictions.
(d) Literacy restrictions.

2. Who was the "Federal Farmer"?
(a) Horace DeWitt.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Mr. Mason.
(d) Melancton Smith.

3. What did Mr. Pinckney think about slavery?
(a) That it was reprehensible.
(b) That it was the rock on which the nation could founder.
(c) That it was a practical matter of power.
(d) That it was morally legitimate.

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

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

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

7. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?
(a) He said that there would not be many cases where this applied.
(b) He said that trial by military tribunal was just as fair.
(c) He said that it would be compensated by strong protections at the state level.
(d) He said it was not a general problem.

8. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?
(a) The Supreme Court had too much power.
(b) That there is no bill of rights.
(c) The government could impose too many taxes.
(d) The government was allowed to do anything it felt necessary to govern.

9. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Election by the people would hurt the public interest.
(b) Election by Congress would hurt the public interest.
(c) Appointment by an electoral college would be best.
(d) Appointment by the Supreme Court would be best.

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

11. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the Congress should not have?
(a) The power to recall the executive.
(b) The power to reject judicial nominations.
(c) The power to alter the budget.
(d) The power to originate budget bills.

12. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
(a) He argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.
(b) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(c) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.
(d) He said that Congress would keep the army in line.

13. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?
(a) He thought that universal suffrage should triumph.
(b) He thought that suffrage restrictions were a step toward monarchy.
(c) He thought that universal suffrage would ruin the government.
(d) He thought that suffrage restrictions were regrettable but necessary.

14. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?
(a) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(b) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(c) He wanted a bill of rights.
(d) He objected to the three-fifths compromise.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which committee recommendation did not make it into the Constitution?

2. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?

3. What position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?

4. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of a centralized government?

5. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?

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