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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 the Virginia Plan propose to do to the Articles?
(a) Extend their authority for another ten years.
(b) Ratify them in Virginia.
(c) Fix their flaws.
(d) Discard them.

2. What did Mr. Mason support at the convention?
(a) Election by state legislatures.
(b) Election of Senators by Senators.
(c) Appointment by the President.
(d) Election by the people.

3. What did Dr. Johnson advocate during the debate over federal power?
(a) Instituting a Supreme Court.
(b) Reducing the size of the federal government.
(c) Preserving state power.
(d) Centralizing power in the federal government.

4. What was the dominant fear about the executive?
(a) The power to impose taxes.
(b) The power to go to war.
(c) The power to appoint judges.
(d) The power to regulate trade.

5. What reason did delegates give for Senators being elected in state legislatures?
(a) They would have the contacts they needed within the state.
(b) They would already know the laws.
(c) They would therefore be essentially promoted from within.
(d) They would therefore be men of character.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alexander Hamilton gave a speech that expressed what value?

2. What did Mr. Hamilton argue during the debate over the length of Senatorial term-lengths?

3. What kind of rulers did James Madison believe the country needed?

4. What did Mr. Sherman argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?

5. What complaints were lodged against the proposal to elect Senators in state legislatures?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did delegates discuss regarding the appointment of judges?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

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