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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?
(a) He feared that Congress did not have enough power to check the executive.
(b) He feared that his constituents would not ratify the draft.
(c) He feared that Senators' terms are too long.
(d) He feared that the states were not equally represented.

2. What were supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship afraid of?
(a) They were afraid that the states would be able to suppress immigrant votes.
(b) They were afraid that immigrants would send too much money back to their homelands.
(c) They were afraid that uneducated people would vote in large numbers.
(d) They were afraid that the national interest would be subverted by foreigners.

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

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

5. What did Rhode Island propose to ban?
(a) Standing armies in peacetime.
(b) Political contributions from businesses.
(c) Checks and balances.
(d) Restrictions on inter-state trade.

6. 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) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.
(c) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(d) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.

7. Who was DeWitt in reality?
(a) A Massachusetts Anti-Federalist.
(b) A Rhode Island Federalist.
(c) A Virginian Anti-Federalist.
(d) A New York Anti-Federalist.

8. What did James Wilson argue regarding the abolition of trial by jury at the federal level?
(a) He said that it would be compensated by strong protections at the state level.
(b) He said that there would not be many cases where this applied.
(c) He said it was not a general problem.
(d) He said that trial by military tribunal was just as fair.

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

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

11. 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 would hide government corruption.
(d) That it was disconnected from the popular will.

12. What did "Centinel" argue on the danger of checks and balances?
(a) He argued that checks and balances would obscure corruption and tyranny.
(b) He argued that checks and balances would create an endless torrent of inter-branch lawsuits.
(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.

13. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?
(a) Not extensive at all.
(b) Revisions separated the branches of government.
(c) Revisions gave the Congress veto power over presidential appointments.
(d) The draft was almost entirely rewritten.

14. What did the Pennsylvania dissenters recommend to the Constitutional Convention?
(a) Trial by jury in all federal cases.
(b) Limitations on the expansion of the United States.
(c) Trial by jury in property conflicts.
(d) A standing army that would still exist in peacetime.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Rhode Island propose in its ratification process?

2. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?

3. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?

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

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

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