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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Who was DeWitt in reality?
(a) A Rhode Island Federalist.
(b) A Virginian Anti-Federalist.
(c) A Massachusetts Anti-Federalist.
(d) A New York Anti-Federalist.

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

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

5. What threat did Mr. Pinckney make if Congress has power to restrict the slave trade?
(a) To filibuster.
(b) To march on Washington.
(c) To withhold ratification.
(d) To secede.

6. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?
(a) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
(b) That it was not right to allow uneducated people to vote.
(c) That it was not fair to prevent so many people from participating in government.
(d) That the people could not be trusted to choose their leaders.

7. 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 it centralized power too much.
(d) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.

8. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that it would result in better services.
(b) He argued that it was necessary.
(c) He argued that the European nations were taxed more heavily.
(d) He argued that the government would use tax money wisely.

9. What was the vote tally when the Pennsylvania Convention voted on the Constitution?
(a) 36-33.
(b) 35-34.
(c) 46-23.
(d) 51-18.

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

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

12. What did Massachusetts propose in its ratification process?
(a) Restrictions on the standing army.
(b) Restrictions on alcohol sales.
(c) Freedom of speech.
(d) Restrictions on taxation power.

13. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?
(a) Not extensive at all.
(b) Revisions separated the branches of government.
(c) The draft was almost entirely rewritten.
(d) Revisions gave the Congress veto power over presidential appointments.

14. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?
(a) He said that there would not be many cases where this applied.
(b) He said it was not a general problem.
(c) He said that trial by military tribunal was just as fair.
(d) He said that it would be compensated by strong protections at the state level.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the federal judiciary should not have?

2. What did Mr. Pinckney think about slavery?

3. What did the draft of the Constitution contain concerning slavery?

4. What did "Federal Farmer" see as a danger in the Constitution?

5. What did Gouverneur Morris advocate about executive veto power?

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