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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Mr. Wilson prefer the New Jersey Plan?
(a) Because it protected America from European influence.
(b) Because it provided multiple legislative houses.
(c) Because it centralized power in the executive.
(d) Because it provided for a standing army.

2. What did Edmund Randolph present to the delegates?
(a) Articles of Confederation.
(b) The New Jersey Plan.
(c) The Virginia Plan.
(d) The Great Compromise.

3. What did Randolph argue at the convention?
(a) That the Articles of Confederation were sufficient.
(b) That the states should be trusted with managing their own affairs.
(c) That the government needs to be strong to serve its purposes.
(d) That the Constitution would need to stress diplomacy with foreign nations.

4. What did George Mason argue in the debate of June 4?
(a) He argued for an elected executive.
(b) He argued against a unified executive.
(c) He argued for an appointed executive.
(d) He argued for a unified executive.

5. What compromise did this body propose, between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan?
(a) Supreme Court Judges would be appointed by the executive, but the Congress could override the appointment.
(b) The government would maintain a standing army, but not a big one.
(c) Missouri entered the union as a free state, and Texas as a slave state.
(d) State representation in the upper house, and representation by person in the lower house.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did James Madison argue during the argument over representation by person or by state?

2. What was the objection to constitutional monarchy at the constitutional convention?

3. What subject were the delegates debating in Chapter 6?

4. Which constituents did Dr. Johnson want to placate with the plan he advocated?

5. What was the benefit of adopting the resolution that was ultimately adopted?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the benefit of the proposal to elect representatives in the state legislatures?

2. How was the New Jersey Plan an alternative to the Virginia Plan?

3. What did delegates object to in the Virginia Plan?

4. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

5. Who opposed the election of Senators by state legislatures, and why?

6. What was the heart of the opposition between Federalists and Anti-federalists?

7. What were some positions delegates took on the New Jersey Plan?

8. Which delegates took positions on the term and election of the federal executive and what were their positions?

9. Describe the delegates' reaction to the New Jersey Plan.

10. Why did James Madison argue against the New Jersey Plan?

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