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

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 striking the right balance.
(d) He felt that the convention was sacrificing large states to small 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 chosen in popular elections.
(c) That there be two executives, like Roman consuls.
(d) That the executive be appointed by Congress.

4. Where do delegates think that authority needs to originate in order to be legitimate?
(a) The landowners.
(b) The merchants.
(c) The poor.
(d) The people.

5. Who wrote the introduction to this edition of "The Anti-Federalist Papers"?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) Sacvan Bercovitch.
(d) Ralph Ketcham.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which form of government includes direct voting by the people?

2. What opinion bolstered Mr. Sherman's view about where election should take place?

3. What did delegates oppose in the Virginia Plan?

4. What compromise did this body propose, between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan?

5. What did delegates suggest would happen if state legislatures chose Representatives for the House?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Benjamin Franklin believe that government officers should not receive salaries?

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