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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 Madison say the country needed, in his letter to George Washington?
(a) A charismatic leader.
(b) A dispassionate umpire.
(c) A central coordinating committee.
(d) Short presidential terms.

2. Alexander Hamilton gave a speech that expressed what value?
(a) The value of low tariffs.
(b) The value of abolishing slavery.
(c) The value of a strong federal government.
(d) The value of independent states.

3. What did Mr. Mason propose in his arguments of June 4?
(a) That there be an executive for each region.
(b) That the executive be appointed by Congress.
(c) That the executive be chosen in popular elections.
(d) That there be two executives, like Roman consuls.

4. Where on the political spectrum were Alexander Hamilton's opinions?
(a) Closer to monarchy than democracy.
(b) Closer to democracy than republicanism.
(c) Closer to anarchy than democracy.
(d) Closer to republicanism than democracy.

5. What happened to the motion not to give government officers salaries?
(a) It was rejected as too aristocratic.
(b) It was killed in committee.
(c) It was tabled to be voted on later.
(d) It was rejected as impractical.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did a legitimate government require, in James Madison's opinion?

3. Why did delegates argue that Senators should be elected in state legislatures?

4. What did the delegates argue concerning the question of whether the judiciary should be able to veto legislation?

5. What were the delegates debating in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What problems were Americans having with the Articles of Confederation?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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