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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?
(a) Requirements for serving in the military.
(b) Qualifications for owning property.
(c) Qualifications for holding office.
(d) Qualifications for traveling abroad.

2. What did Massachusetts propose in its ratification process?
(a) Freedom of speech.
(b) Restrictions on alcohol sales.
(c) Restrictions on the standing army.
(d) Restrictions on taxation power.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(b) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(c) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.

9. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) Ratification of the Constitution.
(b) States rights.
(c) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(d) Revision of the Constitution.

10. Who was "Brutus"?
(a) A Massachusetts anti-Federalist.
(b) Robert Yates, probably.
(c) Melancton Smith.
(d) No one knows for sure.

11. What did "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He argued that checks and balances would lead to government paralysis.
(b) He argued that large nations are less dangerous than quarrelling small states.
(c) He argued that a centralized government would distribute the wealth more effectively.
(d) He argued that a central government would be more efficient than a number of state governments.

12. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?
(a) He saw it as a predator subduing its enemies.
(b) He saw it as a symbol of commerce.
(c) He saw it as a sun rising over the republic.
(d) He saw it as a tree withstanding the storms.

13. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island propose during their ratification discussions?
(a) A bill of rights.
(b) Regulation of state laws.
(c) Abolition of alcohol.
(d) Abolition of slavery.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason did Alexander Hamilton give for ratification of the Constitution?

2. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?

3. What did "Brutus" say about the danger of trying to govern a large area?

4. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?

5. What powers did Mr. Mason argue the federal judiciary should not have?

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