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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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 defend the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to promote revisions of the Constitution.

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

4. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?
(a) He thought that suffrage restrictions were a step toward monarchy.
(b) He thought that universal suffrage should triumph.
(c) He thought that universal suffrage would ruin the government.
(d) He thought that suffrage restrictions were regrettable but necessary.

5. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) He feared that Senators' terms are too long.
(b) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(c) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(d) He feared that the states were not equally represented.

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

7. What did the Pennsylvania dissenters recommend to the Constitutional Convention?
(a) A standing army that would still exist in peacetime.
(b) Trial by jury in all federal cases.
(c) Limitations on the expansion of the United States.
(d) Trial by jury in property conflicts.

8. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that it was necessary.
(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 the European nations were taxed more heavily.

9. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island propose during their ratification discussions?
(a) A bill of rights.
(b) Abolition of alcohol.
(c) Regulation of state laws.
(d) Abolition of slavery.

10. 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 veto power should be limited.
(c) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(d) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.

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

12. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?
(a) He told his audience that a bill of rights would require some trial and error, and therefore time.
(b) He told his audience that it was unnecessary because certain rights were inalienable.
(c) He told his audience that there had not been enough time to write a bill of rights.
(d) He reminded his audience that the government only had the rights enumerated in the Constitution.

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

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 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 his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(d) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Virginia propose in its ratification process?

2. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?

3. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?

4. What threat did Mr. Pinckney make if Congress has power to restrict the slave trade?

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

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