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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which committee recommendation did not make it into the Constitution?
(a) The Senate should choose the President in case of a tie in the Electoral College.
(b) The Electoral College.
(c) Four year terms for President and vice-President.
(d) Senate can amend budget bills.

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

5. What did Mr. Pinckney think about slavery?
(a) That it was a practical matter of power.
(b) That it was the rock on which the nation could founder.
(c) That it was morally legitimate.
(d) That it was reprehensible.

6. What is the current residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 10 years residence.
(b) 4 years residence.
(c) 7 years residence.
(d) American birth.

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

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

9. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?
(a) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.
(b) He thought it centralized power too much.
(c) He thought it left the states with too many contradictory obligations regarding the federal government.
(d) He was not sure it created the right government.

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) A free government cannot govern so large and disparate an area.
(c) The strength of the federal government.
(d) The lack of a bill of rights.

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

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

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

14. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?
(a) He saw it as a sun rising over the republic.
(b) He saw it as a symbol of commerce.
(c) He saw it as a tree withstanding the storms.
(d) He saw it as a predator subduing its enemies.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many delegates signed the Constitution?

3. What was the original proposal for the residency requirement for citizenship?

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

5. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island propose during their ratification discussions?

(see the answer keys)

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