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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 stress in his letter to George Washington?
(a) The need for restraints on popular sentiment.
(b) The need for representation by population.
(c) The need for high taxes to pay for federal army and government.
(d) The need for representation by state and region.

2. What resolution was ultimately adopted?
(a) To prevent the federal government from overriding state laws.
(b) To give federal laws supremacy over state laws.
(c) To give state laws independence from the federal legislature.
(d) To allow the Supreme Court to decide which laws were supreme.

3. What did Mr. Sherman argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?
(a) Long terms allow leaders to learn on the job.
(b) Short terms allow bad rulers to be removed.
(c) Short terms create perpetual campaigns.
(d) Long terms will preserve continuity in government.

4. 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 lose tax income to the federal government.
(c) That states would work by region to set their own laws and standards.
(d) That the states would be eradicated.

5. Where did Mr. Gerry think the country's current troubles came from?
(a) Too little representation in government.
(b) Too much foreign influence.
(c) Too much democracy.
(d) Too little religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would happen if government officers did not receive salaries, in the opinion of the man who proposed this?

2. What did the delegates argue concerning the question of whether the judiciary should be associated with the executive?

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

4. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did delegates fear in the federal government's ability to veto state laws?

2. What was the Virginia Plan?

3. What was the Great Compromise?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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