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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did "Federal Farmer" see as a danger in the Constitution?
(a) Its powers were not listed explicitly.
(b) It would be protected by soldiers who were paid by the federal government.
(c) It reserved the right to be amended over time.
(d) It prevented the states from adapting to political conditions.
2. 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 attack opponents of the Constitution.
(c) He was asked to promote revisions of the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to defend the Constitution.
3. What was Mr. Mason's fear regarding the House of Representatives?
(a) He feared that it was not truly representative.
(b) He feared that it would be run by illiterate farmers.
(c) He feared that it did not have enough power to combat the executive.
(d) He feared that it would not be able to compete with the Senate.
4. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?
(a) He wanted a bill of rights.
(b) He objected to the three-fifths compromise.
(c) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(d) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
5. What alternative did "Federal Farmer" propose in his first letter?
(b) Partial consolidation.
6. What did Mr. Pinckney think about slavery?
(a) That it was morally legitimate.
(b) That it was a practical matter of power.
(c) That it was the rock on which the nation could founder.
(d) That it was reprehensible.
7. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(b) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(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.
8. What did the draft of the Constitution contain concerning slavery?
(a) The draft prevented a tax or prohibition on slavery.
(b) The draft did not mention slavery explicitly.
(c) The draft outlawed the importation of slaves.
(d) The draft outlawed the domestic slave trade.
9. What symbol did Benjamin Franklin remark on, on the President's chair?
(a) A pine tree.
(b) A sun painted on the back.
(c) An ocean and a ship.
(d) An eagle on the seat.
10. What imbalance gave James Madison cause for worry about ratification in the states?
(a) The disparity between landowners and laborers.
(b) The disparity between Northern and Southern state interests.
(c) The disparity between East Coast states and frontier territories.
(d) The disparity between national and state interests.
11. What fear kept the delegates from approving the Constitution draft and going home?
(a) Fear that slavery will divide the nation.
(b) Fear that Britain will ally with Spain against America.
(c) Fear that the federal government has too much power.
(d) Fear that the states are conspiring against the federal government.
12. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?
(a) To subdue slavery.
(b) To tax the rich.
(c) To abolish the states.
(d) To create monarchy.
13. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?
(a) The government was allowed to do anything it felt necessary to govern.
(b) The government could impose too many taxes.
(c) The Supreme Court had too much power.
(d) That there is no bill of rights.
14. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.
(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.
15. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) He said that delegates were opening the floodgates to a tide of poor workers by opening restrictions on immigration.
(b) He said that delegates were cutting off sources of new talent by limiting immigration.
(c) He said that delegates were exaggerating the threat of European immigration.
(d) He said that delegates were understating the ease with which people assimilate into American culture.
Short Answer Questions
1. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?
2. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?
3. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?
4. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?
5. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
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