James Madison Quiz

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Standing at the dawn of a new age of political thought, the American Founding Fathers post-revolution had the mightiest of tasks before them. In order to prove that the American experiment was a noble one, they had to build a self-sufficient and democratic system of governing themselves that would have to have the power to defend its people while also infringing on basic human liberties as lightly as possible.

In the end, they created a political powerhouse of a nation which has stood for over two centuries. Much of that success can be attributed to the brilliant mind of a political activist and philosopher by the name of James Madison. From humble beginnings, Madison had a particular wit when exploring the ways of the world. He turned this wit into a handy tool for the American people as he helped them build their first forms of government.

Even if there is plenty of room for debate as to the overall effectiveness of his work, the influence which he had upon political philosophy and the history of the United States of America is undeniable. How much do you know about this legendary historical figure? Take our James Madison Quiz to find out.

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What American state was James Madison a native of and which he represented in Congress?
Georgia
New Hampshire
Virginia
Connecticut

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Which of the following nicknames do historians attach to James Madison?
The Father of the Constitution
The Father of the Declaration of Independence
The Father of Congress
The Father of the Supreme Court

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What number of President of the United States was James Madison sequentially?
First
Second
Third
Fourth

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Along with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison helped to found what political party which was an evolution of the Anti-Federalist Party?
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The Green Party
The Consumer Party
The Democratic-Republican Party
The Whig Party

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Along with Alexander Hamilton, James Madison helped to author what series of essays about the political philosophy behind the American Constitution?
The Liberty Bell
The Federalist Papers
The Philadelphia Sun
The Poor Richard Papers

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After the ratification of the Constitution, James Madison pushed to add the Bill of Rights to it. How many amendments did the Bill of Rights contain?
8
10
12
15

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James Madison was President of the U.S.A. during what war?
The American Revolutionary War
The War of 1812
The Mexican-American War
The American Civil War

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During the presidency of James Madison, which of the following major events occurred?
The burning of Washington D.C.
The Whiskey Rebellion
The X.Y.Z. Affair
The Gadsden Purchase

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What was the name of Madison's First Lady who, according to legend, coordinated the rescue of art from the burning White House?
Geraldine Madison
Francesca Madison
Ruth Madison
Dolley Madison

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In what position did James Madison serve throughout the presidency of Thomas Jefferson?
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of War
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of State

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While acting as Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State, James Madison organized adding land to the the U.S.A. as a result of what ground-breaking arrangement?
The Louisiana Purchase
The Alabama Purchase
The Texas Purchase
The Gadsden Purchase

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At the Constitutional Convention, James Madison, alongside Edmund Randolph and George Mason, authored what proposition for the American Constitution?
The Virginia Plan
The Connecticut Plan
The New Jersey Plan
The New York Plan

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Madison aided in the draft and passage of what document which ended the War of 1812?
The Treaty of Paris
The Treaty of Ghent
The Treaty of Greenville
The Treaty of Versailles

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Which of the following documents did Madison write during John Adams' presidency urging states to not support federal laws which they interpreted to be unjust?
The Alabama Resolution
The Florida Resolution
The Maryland Resolution
The Virginia Resolution

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As Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson, James Madison took what stance on the ascension of Napoleon Bonaparte and the wars against him?
He supported Napoleon as France's rightful ruler.
He supported the European powers in their efforts to remove Bonaparte from power.
He pursued neutrality between both parties.
He wished for war with both parties.

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