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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What compromise did Mr. Gerry want to reject regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) The compromise over slavery.
(b) The Missouri Compromise.
(c) The Great Compromise.
(d) The three-fifths compromise.

3. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?
(a) He argued that checks and balances would create an endless torrent of inter-branch lawsuits.
(b) He argued that checks and balances would obscure corruption and tyranny.
(c) He argued that checks and balances would make the government slow to respond to military threats.
(d) He argued that checks and balances would paralyze the government.

4. How did Patrick Henry describe fear?
(a) As the passion of slaves.
(b) As the paralyzing emotion.
(c) As the enemy to reason.
(d) As the restraint of the wise.

5. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?
(a) He told his audience that a bill of rights would require some trial and error, and therefore time.
(b) He reminded his audience that the government only had the rights enumerated in the Constitution.
(c) He told his audience that there had not been enough time to write a bill of rights.
(d) He told his audience that it was unnecessary because certain rights were inalienable.

6. What method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by straw poll.
(c) Ratification by special conventions in each state.
(d) Ratification by state legislature.

7. What symbol did Benjamin Franklin remark on, on the President's chair?
(a) An ocean and a ship.
(b) A sun painted on the back.
(c) A pine tree.
(d) An eagle on the seat.

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

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

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

11. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?
(a) That universal suffrage would allow too many interests into politics.
(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 it was not right to allow uneducated people to vote.

12. What did Madison advocate concerning the election or appointment of the executive?
(a) Appointment by an electoral college would be best.
(b) Election by Congress would hurt the public interest.
(c) Election by the people would hurt the public interest.
(d) Appointment by the Supreme Court would be best.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Benjamin Franklin advocate in a speech?

2. What alternative did "Federal Farmer" propose in his first letter?

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

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

5. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?

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