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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 method of ratification did Mason and Madison advocate?
(a) Ratification national referendum.
(b) Ratification by straw poll.
(c) Ratification by state legislature.
(d) Ratification by special conventions in each state.

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

3. What was James Wilson calling for in his speech to the Pennsylvania legislature?
(a) States rights.
(b) Judiciary oversight of the executive.
(c) Revision of the Constitution.
(d) Ratification of the Constitution.

4. What did Rhode Island propose to ban?
(a) Restrictions on inter-state trade.
(b) Checks and balances.
(c) Standing armies in peacetime.
(d) Political contributions from businesses.

5. How did Patrick Henry describe fear?
(a) As the paralyzing emotion.
(b) As the passion of slaves.
(c) As the restraint of the wise.
(d) As the enemy to reason.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did opponents to the suffrage limitation argue?

2. How did Benjamin Franklin interpret the symbol on the President's chair?

3. Where else did the question of proposing limitations arise, besides the debate over suffrage?

4. What compromise did Mr. Gerry want to reject regarding the ratification of the Constitution?

5. What argument did James Madison make concerning the fear of a centralized government?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Patrick Henry's second speech to the Virginia legislature.

3. Describe James Wilson's speech.

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

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

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

7. What were the "Federal Farmer's" arguments regarding ratification?

8. What positions did the delegates take on the election of the executive?

9. What was DeWitt's position on ratification?

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

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