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

2. What theory was flourishing in the 1770s in America?
(a) The theory of free trade and open markets.
(b) The theory of institutional design.
(c) The theory of intelligent design.
(d) The theory of evolution.

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

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

5. What subject were the delegates debating in Chapter 6?
(a) Who should be eligible to vote in elections.
(b) Whether government officers should receive pay.
(c) Whether the federal government should oversee state laws.
(d) Whether the executive should be singular or plural.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How much of the Virginia Plan was accepted?

3. What did Randolph argue at the convention?

4. Where should budget bills start, according to the compromise?

5. What did James Madison argue concerning the question of whether the executive should be chosen by the legislature?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was constitutional monarchy unpopular?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How was the New Jersey Plan an alternative to the Virginia Plan?

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

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

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