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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. Who was the "Federal Farmer"?
(a) Horace DeWitt.
(b) Melancton Smith.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Mr. Mason.

2. What was DeWitt arguing against in his essays?
(a) Energetic central government.
(b) Taxation.
(c) An executive for life.
(d) Representation by state.

3. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?
(a) He saw it as a predator subduing its enemies.
(b) He saw it as a tree withstanding the storms.
(c) He saw it as a sun rising over the republic.
(d) He saw it as a symbol of commerce.

4. What did Benjamin Franklin say about supporters of the residency requirement for citizenship?
(a) He said that delegates were understating the ease with which people assimilate into American culture.
(b) He said that delegates were cutting off sources of new talent by limiting immigration.
(c) He said that delegates were exaggerating the threat of European immigration.
(d) He said that delegates were opening the floodgates to a tide of poor workers by opening restrictions on immigration.

5. What position did "Federal Farmer" take concerning the Constitution?
(a) He thought it centralized power too much.
(b) He was not sure it created the right government.
(c) He thought that it preserved too much power in the states.
(d) He thought it left the states with too many contradictory obligations regarding the federal government.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?

3. What position was James Wilson asked to take in the Constitutional debate?

4. What was the Pennsylvania dissenters' primary objection to the Constitution?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Mr. Gerry's objection to the Constitution?

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

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

4. What did "Brutus" argue on the problem of representation in a large country?

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

6. What was John DeWitt's argument regarding the will of the people?

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

8. What was Mr. Mason's objection to the Constitution?

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

10. What position did "Centinel" take regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

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