From Confederation To Constitution

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  • 1. 
    This was the agreement that ended the American Revolution: a)      Treaty of Paris (1783) b)      Proclamation of 1763 c)      Treaty of Paris (1763) d)      Olive Branch Petition  
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  • 2. 
    The Americans won the Revolutionary War mainly because:   a)      Their armies were better trained and disciplined than the British. b)      British arms were inferior to American arms. c)      They had the determination to outlast the British. d)      The American navy was superior to the British navy.
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    American victory in the Revolutionary War led to:   a)      Expanded political and legal power for women. b)      The abolition of slavery in the southern colonies. c)      The strengthening of the Iroquois League. d)      The spread of the idea of liberty at home and abroad.
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    Directly after the Revolutionary War, most American wanted the power of the government to be held by:   a)      State governments b)      The Continental Congress c)      George Washington d)      The courts
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    Before adopting the Articles of Confederation, the Continental Congress wrestled with all of the following questions except: a)      Should representation be by population or by state? b)      Can supreme power be divided among the states? c)      Should the United States become a republic? d)      Who should get western lands?
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    Under the Articles of Confederation, the national government was:   a)      Strong and unified. b)      An oligarchy. c)      A loose alliance of sovereign states. d)      Divided into three branches.
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    The Articles of Confederation   a)      gave the central government complete and compulsive power over the states and the citizens. b)      included an independent executive branch. c)      never went into effect because it was never ratified. d)      created a strong court system. e)      created a central government that was weaker than the individual states.  
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    Under the Articles of Confederation, each state's power in Congress was based on  a)      one vote per state. b)      the state's size. c)      the state's total population. d)      the state's voting population.
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    Which of the following was a weakness of the Articles of Confederation?   a)      Only Congress had the power to tax. b)      There was no legislative branch of government. c)      State governments had no real authority. d)      There was no national court system.  
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    The central government under the Articles of Confederation raised money by   a)      enacting a national sales tax. b)      passing import/export tariffs. c)      attacking British merchant ships. d)      imposing an income tax. e)      requisitioning funds.
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    A major intention of the framers of the Articles of Confederation was to: a)      weaken the American people's primary loyalty to their individual states. b)      give Congress control of interstate and foreign commerce. c)      model the new government after Great Britain. d)      limit the central government's opportunities to infringe upon the people's liberties.
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    The most serious weakness of the Articles of Confederation was brought about by the authors': a)      fear of concentration of power in national government. b)      distrust of representative government. c)      disregard of the principles of States rights. d)      inability to provide for regional differences.
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    The Nationalists believed that the central government should:   a)      Only coordinate defense and foreign relations. b)      Have no authority over the states. c)      Be strong and make nationally uniform laws. d)      Keep governments close to the people.
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    Which of the following was not an accomplishment of the Articles government?   a)      the Northwest Ordinance b)      successful conclusion of the American Revolution c)      the Louisiana Purchase d)      the Ordinance of 1785
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    One of the accomplishments of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was to: a)      set up a plan for surveying western lands. b)      challenge Spain's claim to the Mississippi River. c)      transfer ownership of western lands from states to the national government. d)      establish requirements for admitting new states to the Union.
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    The standards for admitting new states to the Union were set down in the  a)      Constitution. b)      Land Ordinance of 1785. c)      Articles of Confederation. d)      Northwest Ordinance of 1787.
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    The Northwest Ordinance included all of the following except:   a) a prohibition on slavery. b)a division of the territory into three to five future states. c) the prohibition of African Americans moving into the territory. d)provisions for the territories to enter the confederation on equal footing with those already in existence. e) protection for civil liberties.
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  • 18. 
    The United States experienced hard economic times and social discontent during the period of the Articles of Confederation:   a)      True b)      False
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  • 19. 
    Confusion in the new nation's trade arose from all the following conditions EXCEPT the ____________   A)    worthlessness of Continental dollars. B)     printing of money by individual states. C)    absence of banks. D)    state taxes on goods shipped between states.
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  • 20. 
    Shay’s Rebellion grew out of:   a)      Protest against strong government under the Articles of Confederation. b)      Unrest among Massachusetts farmers over taxes. c)      Dissatisfaction with the outcome of the Annapolis Convention. d)      The widespread desire for more power for the state governments.
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  • 21. 
    Shays’s rebellion was significant because it:   a.  convinced many conservatives that a stronger central government was necessary. b.  led to state laws exempting farmland from foreclosure. c.  was the only debtors' rebellion in U.S. history. d.  destroyed the power of the “cosmopolitan” group in Massachusetts politics. e.  marked the beginning of the labor movement in American history.
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  • 22. 
    The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were a good cross section of American society at the time.   a)      True b)      False
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  • 23. 
    Delegates to the Constitutional Convention were initially supposed to:   a)      Scrap the Articles of Confederation and start over. b)      Write new constitutions for the states they represented. c)      Amend the Articles of Confederation. d)      Determine whether slavery would be allowed to continue.
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  • 24. 
    The central government created by the Constitution of 1787 had the power to:   a.  tax. b.  control foreign trade. c.  pass and enforce laws. d.  regulate interstate trade e.  all of the above
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  • 25. 
    James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution” because he:   a)      Wrote almost the entire Constitution himself. b)      Strongly influenced the shape of the Constitution. c)      Freed his slaves to show his commitment to liberty. d)      Proposed the Great Compromise.
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