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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Mr. Williamson advocate for the term length on the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Seven year terms for the executive, without reelection.
(b) Seven year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection
(c) Lifetime appointments for the executive.
(d) Four year terms for the executive, with a chance of reelection.

5. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?
(a) He saw it as a predator subduing its enemies.
(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 sun rising over the republic.

6. How many delegates signed the Constitution?
(a) All but three.
(b) All of them.
(c) All but thirteen.
(d) All but twenty-three.

7. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
(a) He said that Congress would keep the army in line.
(b) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(c) He argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.
(d) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.

8. 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 national interest would be subverted by foreigners.
(c) They were afraid that the states would be able to suppress immigrant votes.
(d) They were afraid that uneducated people would vote in large numbers.

9. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He said that there would be less regulation of business and commerce by a central government.
(b) He said that factions would check each other.
(c) He said that the standing army would only be used outside the borders.
(d) He said that taxation would be smaller under a central government.

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

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

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

13. 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 might not act in the national interest.
(c) The federal government would be powerless without unanimous ratification.
(d) The states could sink the ratification process.

14. 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 could impose too many taxes.
(d) The government was allowed to do anything it felt necessary to govern.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the convention call for on July 26?

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

3. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the Congress should not have?

4. What is the current residency requirement for citizenship?

5. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?

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