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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?
(a) Revisions separated the branches of government.
(b) Not extensive at all.
(c) Revisions gave the Congress veto power over presidential appointments.
(d) The draft was almost entirely rewritten.

2. What did Rhode Island propose in its ratification process?
(a) To give the states the right to appoint politicians.
(b) To expand the government's ability to tax.
(c) To give the people freedom of speech.
(d) To give the people the right to bear arms.

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

4. 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 originate budget bills.
(d) The power to alter the budget.

5. What position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?
(a) He was asked to argue for additions to the Constitution.
(b) He was asked to defend the Constitution.
(c) He was asked to attack opponents of the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to promote revisions of the Constitution.

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

7. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that the European nations were taxed more heavily.
(b) He argued that it would result in better services.
(c) He argued that the government would use tax money wisely.
(d) He argued that it was necessary.

8. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of a centralized government?
(a) Taxation will be worse with a central tax collector.
(b) States will have to fend for themselves if they oppose the national government.
(c) The Constitution will threaten liberty.
(d) Class mobility will decrease, as the central government raises taxes.

9. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?
(a) He was not sure it created the right government.
(b) He thought it left the states with too many contradictory obligations regarding the federal government.
(c) He thought it centralized power too much.
(d) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.

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

11. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) Ratification of the Constitution.
(b) Revision of the Constitution.
(c) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(d) States rights.

12. 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 filibuster.
(d) To secede.

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

14. What alternative did "Federal Farmer" propose in his first letter?
(a) Partial consolidation.
(b) Decentralization.
(c) Confederation.
(d) Deregulation.

15. How many delegates signed the Constitution?
(a) All but twenty-three.
(b) All of them.
(c) All but thirteen.
(d) All but three.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?



2. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?



3. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?



4. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?



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



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