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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 Madison and Jefferson feel about Virginia?
(a) That international trade would solve its budget problems.
(b) That the taxation rates were too low.
(c) That the executive was too weak.
(d) That democracy restricted the leaders.

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

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

4. Why did delegates argue for a small senate?
(a) They thought it would make for debate that is more dignified.
(b) They thought it would limit the influence of the executive.
(c) They thought it would give the large states fair representation.
(d) They thought it would make Senators more intimate and therefore more willing to compromise.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where on the political spectrum were Alexander Hamilton's opinions?

3. Who wrote the introduction to this edition of "The Anti-Federalist Papers"?

4. Which form of government includes direct voting by the people?

5. What reason did Mr. Mason give for the view he presented at the convention?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the Virginia Plan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who opposed the election of Senators by state legislatures, and why?

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