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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 delegates argue for a small senate?
(a) They thought it would give the large states fair representation.
(b) They thought it would limit the influence of the executive.
(c) They thought it would make Senators more intimate and therefore more willing to compromise.
(d) They thought it would make for debate that is more dignified.

2. Who proposed that government officers not receive salaries?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) George Washington.

3. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?
(a) The people would revolt.
(b) The government would not be legitimate.
(c) The states would acquire too much power.
(d) State and federal powers would balance.

4. What power was missing from the Articles?
(a) The power to conduct war.
(b) The power to amend the Articles.
(c) The power to regulate foreign trade.
(d) Executive power.

5. What did George Mason say he feared, in his argument on June 4?
(a) That government will degenerate into a tool of businesses.
(b) That government will not have enough funding.
(c) That government will degenerate into monarchy.
(d) That government will degenerate into mob rule.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did many delegates support one resolution to this question?

2. What complaints were lodged against the proposal to elect Senators in state legislatures?

3. How would government service be seen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?

4. What was the dominant fear about the executive?

5. What did Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Name three or more delegates and describe their attitudes toward popular rule.

3. Why was democracy unpopular?

4. What were the views on either side of the question of electing representatives?

5. What role did Alexander Hamilton see for a strong federal government?

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

7. What particular example of separation of powers did delegates argue over?

8. Describe George Mason's speech regarding the question of a single or plural executive.

9. In what ways were delegates afraid of executive power?

10. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

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