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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 bodies were the delegates considering as electors of Representatives in the House?
(a) The people or state legislatures.
(b) Special committees or state legislatures.
(c) State legislatures or the national senate.
(d) Property owners or free men.

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

3. Why did delegates argue that Senators should be elected in state legislatures?
(a) The state legislatures would thereby gain power against the federal government.
(b) The states would therefore have an interest in preserving the federal government.
(c) The government would be composed of professional politicians.
(d) The House of Representatives would be counter-balanced.

4. What reason did Mr. Mason give for the view he presented at the convention?
(a) Democracy was dangerous for a country without precedents.
(b) The populace needed power but they also needed to be checked.
(c) The people could not be trusted to govern themselves.
(d) Representation should be the one fully democratic part of government.

5. What thoughts did Mr. Madison express on the topic of elections during debate at the convention?
(a) He said that elections are a step in dissolving government.
(b) He said that elections could be bought too easily to be trusted.
(c) He said that elections are essential for free government.
(d) He said that elections are too important to trust to the people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the delegates debate concerning state laws?

2. What did James Madison argue with relation to the New Jersey Plan?

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

4. What were opponents of the resolution that was ultimately adopted afraid of?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did delegates object to in the Virginia Plan?

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

3. What was an argument for electing Senators in state legislatures?

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

5. What problems were Americans having with the Articles of Confederation?

6. Where did the Federalist Papers come from?

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

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

9. How did Congress vote on the question of whether Congress should have the ability to veto state laws that violate national laws?

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

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