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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 "Publius" argue regarding the fear of a centralized government?
(a) He argued that a central government would be more efficient than a number of state governments.
(b) He argued that a centralized government would distribute the wealth more effectively.
(c) He argued that checks and balances would lead to government paralysis.
(d) He argued that large nations are less dangerous than quarrelling small states.

2. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?
(a) A free government cannot govern so large and disparate an area.
(b) The strength of the federal government.
(c) The lack of a bill of rights.
(d) The lack of restrictions on the government's ability to tax the people.

3. What did "Brutus" say was the danger of a standing army?
(a) It created loyalty only to itself.
(b) It consumed necessary resources.
(c) It turned countries toward tyranny.
(d) It did not answer to the legislature.

4. What compromise did the Northeast states reach with Georgia and South Carolina over slavery?
(a) Northern states will regulate slavery if southern states will have lower tariffs on exported raw materials.
(b) New England would not restrict slavery if the southern states will not require 2/3 majority to pass commercial restrictions.
(c) That northern states will legalize slavery if southern states will prohibit importation of slaves.
(d) That northern states will not regulate slavery for fifty years, if southern states will abolish it themselves in that time.

5. What was the original proposal for the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) 7 years residence.
(b) 14 years residence.
(c) American birth.
(d) 2 years residence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the "Federal Farmer"?

2. What were supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship afraid of?

3. What was Mr. Gerry's fear regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

4. How did James Wilson address the absence of a Bill of Rights?

5. What limitation did delegates try to place on suffrage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did "Brutus" argue concerning standing armies?

2. What was the Constitutional Convention's debate over the slave trade, and how was it resolved?

3. What were the proposals for the requirements for citizenship?

4. What was James Madison's position on the election of the executive?

5. How did Publius respond to Anti-Federalist concerns about tyranny in the Constitution?

6. What were the different views on the question of ratification of the Constitution?

7. What did the dissenters say after losing the ratification vote in the Pennsylvania convention?

8. Describe James Wilson's speech.

9. What was dropped from the draft of the Constitution?

10. What did Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island recommend after their ratification conventions?

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