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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did "Brutus" argue in his letters?
(a) That the Supreme Court had too much power.
(b) That the framers wanted to abolish the states.
(c) That the government will be weak on military defense.
(d) That the nation was too big for a central government.

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

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

4. 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 promote revisions of the Constitution.
(c) He was asked to defend the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to attack opponents of the Constitution.

5. What did "Federal Farmer" say the current Constitution would lead to?
(a) Tyranny.
(b) Aristocracy.
(c) Tyranny of the mass.
(d) Chaos.

6. What did Gouverneur Morris advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(b) He said that the executive veto itself should be able to be overridden.
(c) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.
(d) He said that the executive should not have a veto.

7. What did the draft of the Constitution contain concerning slavery?
(a) The draft did not mention slavery explicitly.
(b) The draft prevented a tax or prohibition on slavery.
(c) The draft outlawed the importation of slaves.
(d) The draft outlawed the domestic slave trade.

8. 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.

9. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?
(a) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(b) Ratification by state legislature.
(c) Ratification national referendum.
(d) Ratification by straw poll.

10. Which party did James Wilson belong to?
(a) Federalist.
(b) Anti-Federalist.
(c) Whig.
(d) Tory.

11. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He argued that large nations are less dangerous than quarrelling small states.
(b) He argued that a centralized government would distribute the wealth more effectively.
(c) He argued that a central government would be more efficient than a number of state governments.
(d) He argued that checks and balances would lead to government paralysis.

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

13. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive should not have a veto.
(b) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(c) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.
(d) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.

14. What did Massachusetts propose in its ratification process?
(a) Restrictions on alcohol sales.
(b) Restrictions on the standing army.
(c) Freedom of speech.
(d) Restrictions on taxation power.

15. What was DeWitt arguing against in his essays?
(a) Energetic central government.
(b) Representation by state.
(c) Taxation.
(d) An executive for life.

Short Answer Questions

1. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the Congress should not have?

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

3. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?

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

5. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?

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