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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did Rhode Island propose to ban?
(a) Standing armies in peacetime.
(b) Checks and balances.
(c) Restrictions on inter-state trade.
(d) Political contributions from businesses.
2. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
(a) Qualifications for owning property.
(b) Qualifications for traveling abroad.
(c) Requirements for serving in the military.
(d) Qualifications for holding office.
3. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(b) Ratification by straw poll.
(c) Ratification by state legislature.
(d) Ratification national referendum.
4. How many delegates signed the Constitution?
(a) All but thirteen.
(b) All but twenty-three.
(c) All but three.
(d) All of them.
5. What was DeWitt arguing against in his essays?
(a) Representation by state.
(c) Energetic central government.
(d) An executive for life.
6. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?
(a) Laws governing territories and provinces.
(b) Restriction on imports.
(c) Property qualifications for office.
(d) Protections against taxes on slavery.
7. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) Melancton Smith.
(b) No one knows for sure.
(c) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(d) Robert Yates, probably.
8. What alternative did "Federal Farmer" propose in his first letter?
(b) Partial consolidation.
9. 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 the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.
(d) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
10. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the federal judiciary should not have?
(a) The power to change state laws.
(b) The power to amend executive orders.
(c) The power to oversee the executive.
(d) The power to amend taxes.
11. Who was DeWitt in reality?
(a) A Massachusetts Anti-Federalist.
(b) A Virginian Anti-Federalist.
(c) A Rhode Island Federalist.
(d) A New York Anti-Federalist.
12. 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 make the government slow to respond to military threats.
(c) He argued that checks and balances would paralyze the government.
(d) He argued that checks and balances would obscure corruption and tyranny.
13. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He argued that checks and balances would lead to government paralysis.
(b) He argued that a central government would be more efficient than a number of state governments.
(c) He argued that large nations are less dangerous than quarrelling small states.
(d) He argued that a centralized government would distribute the wealth more effectively.
14. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of a centralized government?
(a) Taxation will be worse with a central tax collector.
(b) The Constitution will threaten liberty.
(c) States will have to fend for themselves if they oppose the national government.
(d) Class mobility will decrease, as the central government raises taxes.
15. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
(a) He said that Congress would keep the army in line.
(b) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.
(c) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(d) He argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.
Short Answer Questions
1. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?
2. What did the Pennsylvania dissenters recommend to the Constitutional Convention?
3. What was Mr. Mason's fear regarding the House of Representatives?
4. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?
5. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?
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