A People's History of the United States Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who founded the first school for women’s higher education, the Troy Female Seminary?

2. The author states in Chapter 1 that it is said the source of information of Columbus’s conquests on the islands was written down by a young priest named what?

3. Where did the first victory of the American Revolution take place?

4. What percentage of profits was Christopher Columbus contracted to receive for the goods he brought back to the King and Queen of Spain during his voyage when he accidentally encountered the Americas?

5. What ship in Christopher Columbus’s fleet ran aground in Hispaniola, leading him to build a fort from it?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe Virginia’s “chain of oppression” in Chapter 3?

2. What author spent a night in jail following his protest of the Mexican-American War? Why was he arrested?

3. How does the author describe the beginning of the American Revolutionary War in Chapter 5? How successful were the Americans in the first battles?

4. Who wrote the history of Columbus’s adventures in Cuba from the perspective of the inhabitants, according to the author in Chapter 1?

5. How are the traditions and cultures of the Native American tribes described regarding their perception of women in Chapter 6?

6. When and where did Dorr’s Rebellion occur? How does the author describe the surrounding circumstances of this event in Chapter 10?

7. How does the author describe Mexico’s land area and status after 1821 in Chapter 8?

8. How does the author describe the Sioux puberty ceremony for women in Chapter 6?

9. What does the author say of “natural antipathy” in Chapter 2?

10. Where did Christopher Columbus intend to travel when he “discovered” the Americas? Where does the author assert he actually landed in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Marshall Plan and its influences and repercussions. When did the plan begin operation? How much money did the United States provide to Europe in order to rebuild the economy and prevent the spread of Communism? Why did the United States see Communism as an ultimate threat?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the different methods employed by labor unions, political parties, and advocacy groups during the nineteenth century in order to evoke change. What methods were most effective? What methods of protest are still used today? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the racial and class bias regarding those who were allowed to fight in the American Revolutionary War. Why did the Americans originally limit those who served to landowners? Why and when did this restriction change? Why did the Americans refuse to allow Native Americans or African slaves to participate in the war?

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