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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He said that taxation would be smaller under a central government.
(b) He said that factions would check each other.
(c) He said that there would be less regulation of business and commerce by a central government.
(d) He said that the standing army would only be used outside the borders.
2. Who was the "Federal Farmer"?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Melancton Smith.
(c) Mr. Mason.
(d) Horace DeWitt.
3. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(b) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(c) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.
4. What fear kept the delegates from approving the Constitution draft and going home?
(a) Fear that the states are conspiring against the federal government.
(b) Fear that slavery will divide the nation.
(c) Fear that the federal government has too much power.
(d) Fear that Britain will ally with Spain against America.
5. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) Robert Yates, probably.
(b) Melancton Smith.
(c) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(d) No one knows for sure.
6. What was the original proposal for the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 14 years residence.
(b) American birth.
(c) 7 years residence.
(d) 2 years residence.
7. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of a centralized government?
(a) States will have to fend for themselves if they oppose the national government.
(b) The Constitution will threaten liberty.
(c) Taxation will be worse with a central tax collector.
(d) Class mobility will decrease, as the central government raises taxes.
8. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
(a) Qualifications for holding office.
(b) Qualifications for traveling abroad.
(c) Requirements for serving in the military.
(d) Qualifications for owning property.
9. What did "Federal Farmer" say the current Constitution would lead to?
(c) Tyranny of the mass.
10. 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 suffrage restrictions were a step toward monarchy.
(d) He thought that universal suffrage would ruin the government.
11. 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 hide government corruption.
(d) That it would slow the government's response to events.
12. What did the convention call for on July 26?
(a) A committee to write a draft of the agreed-upon points.
(b) A vote on ratification.
(c) Proposals for executive term limits.
(d) A committee to resolve the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey plan.
13. What was DeWitt arguing against in his essays?
(a) Representation by state.
(b) An executive for life.
(c) Energetic central government.
14. Which party did James Wilson belong to?
15. 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 veto power should be limited.
(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 Mr. Williamson advocate for the term length on the election or appointment of the executive?
2. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?
3. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the federal judiciary should not have?
4. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
5. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?
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