Regents Prep: U.S. History & Government
Multiple-Choice Questions
  Question 4 of 16   Federalist Era
"All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and well born, the other the mass of the people. . . . The people are turbulent and changing. . . . Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government. They will check the unsteadiness of the second."

-Alexander Hamilton

The author of this quotation suggests that

 1.  the will of the majority should guide public policy

 2.  wealthy people are too preoccupied to rule well

 3.  the common people cannot be trusted to run a stable government

 4.  poorer people must work harder to gain access to economic and political power

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