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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?
(a) It did not answer to the legislature.
(b) It consumed necessary resources.
(c) It created loyalty only to itself.
(d) It turned countries toward tyranny.

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

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

4. What did "Federal Farmer" argue regarding the separation of powers?
(a) That it was disconnected from the popular will.
(b) That it would encourage lawsuits.
(c) That it would slow the government's response to events.
(d) That it would hide government corruption.

5. What did Mr. Sherman advocate about executive veto power?
(a) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.
(b) He said that the executive should have veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(c) He said that the executive veto power should be limited.
(d) He said that the executive should not have a veto.

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

7. 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) Senate can amend budget bills.
(c) The Electoral College.
(d) Four year terms for President and vice-President.

8. What did "Brutus" argue in his letters?
(a) That the Supreme Court had too much power.
(b) That the nation was too big for a central government.
(c) That the government will be weak on military defense.
(d) That the framers wanted to abolish the states.

9. What did the convention call for on July 26?
(a) Proposals for executive term limits.
(b) A committee to write a draft of the agreed-upon points.
(c) A vote on ratification.
(d) A committee to resolve the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan.

10. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?
(a) The lack of a bill of rights.
(b) The strength of the federal government.
(c) The lack of restrictions on the government's ability to tax the people.
(d) A free government cannot govern so large and disparate an area.

11. What imbalance gave James Madison cause for worry about ratification in the states?
(a) The disparity between Northern and Southern state interests.
(b) The disparity between national and state interests.
(c) The disparity between landowners and laborers.
(d) The disparity between East Coast states and frontier territories.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does James Madison argue on the question of suffrage?

2. What was Mr. Mason's fear regarding the House of Representatives?

3. What did "Federal Farmer" say the framers of the Constitution ultimately wanted?

4. What did the Pennsylvania dissenters recommend to the Constitutional Convention?

5. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?

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