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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the "Federal Farmer"?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Mr. Mason.
(c) Horace DeWitt.
(d) Melancton Smith.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(b) He feared that the states were not equally represented.
(c) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(d) He feared that Senators' terms are too long.

8. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?
(a) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(b) He wanted a bill of rights.
(c) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(d) He objected to the three-fifths compromise.

9. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?
(a) Revising the Constitution one more time.
(b) Signing the Constitution.
(c) Sending the Constitution to the states for ratification.
(d) Sending the Constitution back to committee.

10. What did the draft of the Constitution contain concerning slavery?
(a) The draft outlawed the importation of slaves.
(b) The draft outlawed the domestic slave trade.
(c) The draft prevented a tax or prohibition on slavery.
(d) The draft did not mention slavery explicitly.

11. What did Rhode Island propose in its ratification process?
(a) To give the people freedom of speech.
(b) To give the states the right to appoint politicians.
(c) To give the people the right to bear arms.
(d) To expand the government's ability to tax.

12. What did "Federal Farmer" see as a danger in the Constitution?
(a) It prevented the states from adapting to political conditions.
(b) It reserved the right to be amended over time.
(c) Its powers were not listed explicitly.
(d) It would be protected by soldiers who were paid by the federal government.

13. What did Virginia propose in its ratification process?
(a) An amendment that would limit the government's ability to tax the people.
(b) An amendment that would recognize the freedom of speech.
(c) An amendment that would allow citizens to bear arms.
(d) An amendment that would recognize the right of resistance.

14. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?
(a) He thought that universal suffrage should triumph.
(b) He thought that suffrage restrictions were regrettable but necessary.
(c) He thought that universal suffrage would ruin the government.
(d) He thought that suffrage restrictions were a step toward monarchy.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was "Brutus"?

2. What threat did Mr. Pinckney make if Congress has power to restrict the slave trade?

3. What fear kept the delegates from approving the Constitution draft and going home?

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

5. What was eliminated from the Constitution draft?

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