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

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

3. What was the vote tally when the Pennsylvania Convention voted on the Constitution?
(a) 35-34.
(b) 36-33.
(c) 46-23.
(d) 51-18.

4. 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 argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.
(c) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(d) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.

5. 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 nation was too big for a central government.
(d) That the government will be weak on military defense.

6. What did Patrick Henry say was the end of government?
(a) Liberty.
(b) Self-reliance.
(c) Happiness.
(d) Education.

7. 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 did not have enough power to combat the executive.
(c) He feared that it would be run by illiterate farmers.
(d) He feared that it would not be able to compete with the Senate.

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

9. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?
(a) Signing the Constitution.
(b) Sending the Constitution back to committee.
(c) Sending the Constitution to the states for ratification.
(d) Revising the Constitution one more time.

10. What position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?
(a) He was asked to attack opponents of 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 argue for additions to the Constitution.

11. Which delegate expressed his regrets about not signing the Constitution?
(a) Mr. Williamson.
(b) Mr. Gerry.
(c) Mr. Hamilton.
(d) Mr. Mason.

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

13. What did Mr. Williamson advocate for the term length on the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Lifetime appointments for the executive.
(b) Four year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection.
(c) Seven year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection
(d) Seven year terms for the executive, without reelection.

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

15. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?
(a) It did not answer to the legislature.
(b) It consumed necessary resources.
(c) It created loyalty only to itself.
(d) It turned countries toward tyranny.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?

3. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?

4. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?

5. How did Patrick Henry describe fear?

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