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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. Which form of government includes a king whose powers are limited by a statement of the laws?
(a) Empire.
(b) Constitutional monarchy.
(c) Representative democracy.
(d) Republic.

2. What thoughts did Mr. Wilson express at the convention?
(a) Popular election will allow the people to mislead each other.
(b) Popular election will lead to a tyranny of the masses.
(c) Popular election will debase public discourse.
(d) Popular election will give people confidence in the government.

3. Which constituents did Dr. Johnson want to placate with the plan he advocated?
(a) Small states.
(b) Foreign diplomats.
(c) Federalists.
(d) The upper classes.

4. What did Alexander Hamilton propose in his speech?
(a) A standing army.
(b) Regulation of slavery.
(c) A Supreme Court.
(d) An executive-for-life.

5. What did Mr. Paterson argue about the New Jersey Plan?
(a) That it diminished the power of the states.
(b) That it did not give the executive too much power.
(c) That it made the federal government too independent.
(d) That it did not protect the states enough.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did delegates debate on June 6?

2. What kind of representation did James Madison advocate?

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

4. What did James Madison recommend for the appointment of Supreme Court Justices?

5. What theory was flourishing in the 1770s in America?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the delegates' reaction to the New Jersey Plan.

2. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island recommend after their ratification conventions?

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

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

5. What did "Brutus" argue on the problem of representation in a large country?

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

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

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

9. What were the proposals for the requirements for citizenship?

10. Describe Patrick Henry's first speech to the Virginia legislature.

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