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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. What did James Madison argue during the argument over representation by person or by state?
(a) The populace would not be served by state representatives.
(b) Popular sovereignty argued for representation by person.
(c) Fairness argued for representation by state.
(d) The ruling classes would benefit by representation by state.

2. What was James Madison's feeling about the compromise?
(a) He felt that the convention was sacrificing federalism to distributed power.
(b) He felt that the convention was sacrificing justice for the small states.
(c) He felt that the convention was sacrificing large states to small states.
(d) He felt that the convention was striking the right balance.

3. What did the Virginia Plan propose to do to the Articles?
(a) Ratify them in Virginia.
(b) Discard them.
(c) Extend their authority for another ten years.
(d) Fix their flaws.

4. What did Gouverneur Morris argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?
(a) He argued that the executive should be appointed by the Supreme Court.
(b) He argued that the executive should be elected by the people.
(c) He argued that the executive should be elected by the Congress.
(d) He argued that the executive should be appointed by the Senate.

5. What was the dominant fear about the executive?
(a) The power to appoint judges.
(b) The power to go to war.
(c) The power to impose taxes.
(d) The power to regulate trade.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to the motion not to give government officers salaries?

2. Who was particularly concerned about the Virginia Plan?

3. What was Mr. Wilson's feeling about the compromise?

4. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?

5. What power was missing from the Articles?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was an argument for electing Senators in state legislatures?

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

3. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

4. What was Alexander Hamilton's position concerning the executive?

5. What was the Great Compromise?

6. What was the Virginia Plan?

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

8. What were the delegates' positions on the question of Senatorial term limits?

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

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

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