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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of a centralized government?
(a) The Constitution will threaten liberty.
(b) Class mobility will decrease, as the central government raises taxes.
(c) Taxation will be worse with a central tax collector.
(d) States will have to fend for themselves if they oppose the national government.

2. What did "Brutus" say about the danger of trying to govern a large area?
(a) It would require too many bureaucrats.
(b) It would create tyranny.
(c) It would lead to wars.
(d) It would be expensive and inefficient.

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

4. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
(a) Qualifications for traveling abroad.
(b) Qualifications for holding office.
(c) Requirements for serving in the military.
(d) Qualifications for owning property.

5. What was Mr. Mason's fear regarding the House of Representatives?
(a) He feared that it would not be able to compete with the Senate.
(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 was not truly representative.

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

7. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.
(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 should not have a veto.

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

9. What were supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship afraid of?
(a) They were afraid that immigrants would send too much money back to their homelands.
(b) They were afraid that the states would be able to suppress immigrant votes.
(c) They were afraid that uneducated people would vote in large numbers.
(d) They were afraid that the national interest would be subverted by foreigners.

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

11. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?
(a) He reminded his audience that the government only had the rights enumerated in the Constitution.
(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 told his audience that a bill of rights would require some trial and error, and therefore time.

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

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

14. 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.

15. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(b) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(c) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?

2. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?

3. What method of ratification did Oliver Ellsworth advocate?

4. What did Rhode Island propose in its ratification process?

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

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