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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?
(a) Race restrictions.
(b) National origin restrictions.
(c) Landowner restrictions.
(d) Literacy restrictions.

4. What position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?
(a) He was asked to defend the Constitution.
(b) He was asked to argue for additions to the Constitution.
(c) He was asked to attack opponents of the Constitution.
(d) He was asked to promote revisions of the Constitution.

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

6. What did "Brutus" say about the danger of trying to govern a large area?
(a) It would be expensive and inefficient.
(b) It would require too many bureaucrats.
(c) It would create tyranny.
(d) It would lead to wars.

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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.

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

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

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 veto power over the legislature, but not the judiciary.
(c) He said that the executive should have absolute veto.
(d) He said that the executive should not have a veto.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?

3. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?

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

5. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?

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