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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. How did the New Jersey Plan resolve the question of the relationship of state laws to federal laws?
(a) It gave the states priority in matters of trade, but the federal government priority in military matters.
(b) State laws could still take precedence.
(c) Congressional laws were still the law of the land.
(d) The Supreme Court would decide on a state-by-state basis which laws took precedence.

2. What were the delegates debating in Chapter 3?
(a) The election of Senators.
(b) The election of the President.
(c) The election of the House of Representatives.
(d) The appointment of judges.

3. What did William Paterson offer the convention?
(a) The Missouri Compromise.
(b) The Virginia Plan.
(c) The Great Compromise.
(d) The New Jersey Plan.

4. What opinion bolstered Mr. Sherman's view about where election should take place?
(a) He believed that small states needed equal representation.
(b) He believed in a strong democracy.
(c) He believed that the populace could be misled.
(d) He believed that people could be trusted with self-governance.

5. What position did "Publius" advocate?
(a) Defending the new Constitution.
(b) Attacking the new Constitution.
(c) Arguing against ratification of the Constitution.
(d) Proposing an alternative to the Constitution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was cut out when the Constitutional Convention doted down part of the Virginia Plan?

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

3. What did James Madison support?

4. What did Mr. Mason support at the convention?

5. What did delegates debate on June 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some positions delegates took on the New Jersey Plan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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