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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 was the objection to constitutional monarchy at the constitutional convention?
(a) The threat of tyranny of the masses.
(b) The threat of mob rule.
(c) The possibility of a runaway executive.
(d) The Americans' distaste following the war.

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

3. What opinion bolstered Mr. Sherman's view about where election should take place?
(a) He believed in a strong democracy.
(b) He believed that small states needed equal representation.
(c) He believed that the populace could be misled.
(d) He believed that people could be trusted with self-governance.

4. What did James Madison argue with relation to the New Jersey Plan?
(a) It will not protect small states from bigger states.
(b) It cannot support itself with tax revenue.
(c) It cannot settle arguments between the states.
(d) It will give too much power to small states.

5. What did opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted think would be the consequence of adopting the proposal?
(a) That the states would have to band together to oppose the government.
(b) That the states would be eradicated.
(c) That states would work by region to set their own laws and standards.
(d) That the states would lose tax income to the federal government.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Mr. Paterson argue about the New Jersey Plan?

2. Which form of government includes a king whose powers are limited by a statement of the laws?

3. What was the dominant fear about the executive?

4. Delegates were trying to strike a balance in their decision about electing representatives for the House between what?

5. What reason did delegates give for Senators being elected in state legislatures?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Alexander Hamilton's argument about the need for a central government?

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

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

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

6. What needs did Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia believe the Virginia Plan would satisfy that the Articles did not?

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

8. What were the forms of government being considered at the Constitutional Convention?

9. What paradox does James Madison articulate about the need for a strong federal government?

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

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