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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 Britain will ally with Spain against America.
(c) Fear that slavery will divide the nation.
(d) Fear that the federal government has too much power.

2. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?
(a) Good government needs to be deliberative.
(b) Good government needs to be representative.
(c) Good government cannot compete with subordinate governments.
(d) Good government needs to be energetic.

3. What was the original proposal for the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) American birth.
(b) 7 years residence.
(c) 2 years residence.
(d) 14 years residence.

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

5. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the Congress should not have?
(a) The power to recall the executive.
(b) The power to originate budget bills.
(c) The power to reject judicial nominations.
(d) The power to alter the budget.

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

7. 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.

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

9. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) He said that delegates were cutting off sources of new talent by limiting immigration.
(b) He said that delegates were understating the ease with which people assimilate into American culture.
(c) He said that delegates were opening the floodgates to a tide of poor workers by opening restrictions on immigration.
(d) He said that delegates were exaggerating the threat of European immigration.

10. How did Patrick Henry describe fear?
(a) As the passion of slaves.
(b) As the enemy to reason.
(c) As the paralyzing emotion.
(d) As the restraint of the wise.

11. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?
(a) That there is no bill of rights.
(b) The Supreme Court had too much power.
(c) The government was allowed to do anything it felt necessary to govern.
(d) The government could impose too many taxes.

12. What did Rhode Island propose to ban?
(a) Standing armies in peacetime.
(b) Checks and balances.
(c) Political contributions from businesses.
(d) Restrictions on inter-state trade.

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

14. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by straw poll.
(c) Ratification by state legislature.
(d) Ratification by special conventions in each state.

15. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(b) States rights.
(c) Revision of the Constitution.
(d) Ratification of the Constitution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?

2. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?

3. What did Virginia propose in its ratification process?

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

5. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?

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