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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive should have absolute 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 not have a veto.
(d) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.
2. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that it was necessary.
(b) He argued that the European nations were taxed more heavily.
(c) He argued that it would result in better services.
(d) He argued that the government would use tax money wisely.
3. 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 defend the Constitution.
(c) He was asked to attack opponents of the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to promote revisions of the Constitution.
4. What fear kept the delegates from approving the Constitution draft and going home?
(a) Fear that slavery will divide the nation.
(b) Fear that Britain will ally with Spain against America.
(c) Fear that the states are conspiring against the federal government.
(d) Fear that the federal government has too much power.
5. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?
(a) To subdue slavery.
(b) To create monarchy.
(c) To tax the rich.
(d) To abolish the states.
6. 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 was not sure it created the right government.
(c) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.
(d) He thought it centralized power too much.
7. What was the vote tally when the Pennsylvania Convention voted on the Constitution?
8. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?
(a) Sending the Constitution back to committee.
(b) Sending the Constitution to the states for ratification.
(c) Signing the Constitution.
(d) Revising the Constitution one more time.
9. What compromise did Mr. Gerry want to reject regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) The Great Compromise.
(b) The three-fifths compromise.
(c) The compromise over slavery.
(d) The Missouri Compromise.
10. 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 suffrage restrictions were regrettable but necessary.
(c) He thought that universal suffrage should triumph.
(d) He thought that universal suffrage would ruin the government.
11. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) Robert Yates, probably.
(b) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(c) Melancton Smith.
(d) No one knows for sure.
12. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) Revision of the Constitution.
(b) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(c) Ratification of the Constitution.
(d) States rights.
13. What was DeWitt arguing against in his essays?
(a) Energetic central government.
(b) Representation by state.
(d) An executive for life.
14. What is the current residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 4 years residence.
(b) 10 years residence.
(c) 7 years residence.
(d) American birth.
15. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(c) Ratification by straw poll.
(d) Ratification by state legislature.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?
2. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
3. Which party did James Wilson belong to?
4. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?
5. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?
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