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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What fear kept the delegates from approving the Constitution draft and going home?
(a) Fear that the states are conspiring against the federal government.
(b) Fear that slavery will divide the nation.
(c) Fear that the federal government has too much power.
(d) Fear that Britain will ally with Spain against America.

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

3. What did the convention call for on July 26?
(a) A vote on ratification.
(b) Proposals for executive term limits.
(c) A committee to write a draft of the agreed-upon points.
(d) A committee to resolve the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan.

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

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

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

7. What compromise did Mr. Gerry want to reject regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) The Missouri Compromise.
(b) The Great Compromise.
(c) The three-fifths compromise.
(d) The compromise over slavery.

8. 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.

9. What did Virginia propose in its ratification process?
(a) An amendment that would allow citizens to bear arms.
(b) An amendment that would recognize the freedom of speech.
(c) An amendment that would limit the government's ability to tax the people.
(d) An amendment that would recognize the right of resistance.

10. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?
(a) The lack of restrictions on the government's ability to tax the people.
(b) The strength of the federal government.
(c) The lack of a bill of rights.
(d) A free government cannot govern so large and disparate an area.

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

12. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?
(a) The states could hold the federal government hostage with no votes.
(b) The states could sink the ratification process.
(c) The states might not act in the national interest.
(d) The federal government would be powerless without unanimous ratification.

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 should have absolute veto.
(d) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.

14. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) Robert Yates, probably.
(b) Melancton Smith.
(c) No one knows for sure.
(d) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?

2. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?

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

4. What did Massachusetts propose in its ratification process?

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

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