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Which of these was the greatest challenge for the delegates at the Constitutional Convention?
a) how to address the concerns of farmers and ranchers b) how to balance the interests of large and small states c) how to respond to the interests of foreign countries d) how to get agreement between the eastern and western states
Why is James Madison known as the “Father of the Constitution”?
a) He was the oldest delegate to the Constitutional Convention. b) He wrote the first draft of the Constitution. c) He was well prepared to lead the discussion at the convention. d) He knew more about government than anyone else present.
What was the original purpose of the convention in May 1787?
a) to revise the Articles of Confederation b) to end the conflict in Massachusetts c) to rewrite the Declaration of Independence d) to write the U.S. Constitution
The delegates to the Constitutional Convention agreed to establish a republic. Which of these describes a republic?
a) a country led by elected representatives b) a country led by a president c) a government led by a powerful few d) a parliamentary form of government
Which of these did both the Virginia and New Jersey Plans include?
a) an end to slavery b) an elected president c) three branches of government d) two houses of Congress
What did the Great Compromise decide?
a) the names of political parties b) representation in Congress c) the system of checks and balances d) process of selecting the president
The number of members of which of these is affected by state population?
a) Supreme Court b) president's cabinet c) Senate d) House of Representatives
Why is Shays’ Rebellion an important event in U.S. history?
a) It was the beginning of a civil war. b) It showed the strength of the Massachusetts militia. c) It dramatized the power of the central government. d) It led to the passage of a new Constitution.
What land was affected by the Land Ordinance of 1785?
a) land north and south of the colonies b) land bound by the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and the Great Lakes c) land between the Mississippi River and Rocky Mountains d) land of the 13 original colonies
What was the greatest concern of the opponents to the Constitution?
a) taxation would be eliminated b) selection of George Washington as president c) giving up state power to form a stronger Union d) replacement of the Articles of Confederation
The delegates to the Constitutional Convention gave the job of choosing a chief executive to
a) members of Congress. b) all the citizens. c) state legislatures and governors. d) electors chosen by the states.
Which was one weakness of the Articles of Confederation?
a) Congress could not impose taxes. b) Congress could not set up a postal system. c) Congress could not create an army and navy. d) Congress could not declare war.
What was the position of the group known as the Federalists?
a) They feared the power of the national government. b) They believed that states should have equal representation in Congress. c) They questioned the justice of slavery. d) They supported the new constitution.
What was the long-term effect of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787?
a) Slavery was expanded in the United States. b) Territories eventually became states. c) The farmers of Massachusetts rebelled. d) George Washington was elected president.
Which of these describes a federal system of government?
a) Government is run by one political party. b) Individual states have power over the national government. c) Power is shared by the national and state governments. d) A single leader makes all of the government decisions.
Following the American Revolution, what did Congress fear about a strong central government?
a) rights for which people fought would be lost b) another war would occur between Great Britain and America c) states would have too much power d) laws would be passed to prevent people from settling in new territories
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