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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 James Wilson argue concerning the question of taxation?
(a) He argued that the government would use tax money wisely.
(b) He argued that it was necessary.
(c) He argued that it would result in better services.
(d) He argued that the European nations were taxed more heavily.

2. What did "Federal Farmer" complain about in his second letter?
(a) The government could impose too many taxes.
(b) The government was allowed to do anything it felt necessary to govern.
(c) That there is no bill of rights.
(d) The Supreme Court had too much power.

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

4. What did James Wilson argue concerning the Constitution's provision for a standing army?
(a) He said that it was no different from under the Articles.
(b) He said that the executive would be closely reined in by the judiciary.
(c) He said that Congress would keep the army in line.
(d) He argued that without power to quarter troops, the army would not be a threat.

5. What did James Madison worry about concerning ratification in the states?
(a) The federal government would be powerless without unanimous ratification.
(b) The states could sink the ratification process.
(c) The states might not act in the national interest.
(d) The states could hold the federal government hostage with no votes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What symbol did Benjamin Franklin remark on, on the President's chair?

2. What did "Brutus" argue in his letters?

3. How extensive were the changes the delegates made to the first draft of the Constitution?

4. What was Mr. Mason's fear about the Constitution as it was then drafted?

5. What did Mr. Williamson advocate for the term length on the election or appointment of the executive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was added to the draft of the Constitution?

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

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

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

5. Who objected to the Constitution and why did they object?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Patrick Henry's first speech to the Virginia legislature.

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