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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Hamilton struck by the bullet in the duel?
(a) The right temple.
(b) His right leg, in the main artery.
(c) His left arm, just above the elbow.
(d) HIs right side, four inches above his hip.

2. What was Thomas Paine referring to when he said an island could not rule a continent?
(a) Hawaii ruling California.
(b) Britian continuing to rule over India.
(c) Madascar ruling Africa.
(d) Britain continuing to rule over North America.

3. On the subject of Hamilton's financial proposal, what was the main issue?
(a) Black versus White.
(b) Agrarian versus commercial sources of wealth.
(c) Gold versus Silver.
(d) Abolition versus Slavery.

4. At whose home was the dinner held?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Aaron Burr.
(d) The White House.

5. Who was Burr's second in the duel?
(a) Washington.
(b) Pendleton.
(c) Van Ness.
(d) Jefferson.

6. What danger awaited the main participants in the American Revolution?
(a) Three years in prison.
(b) Substantial fines.
(c) Severe damage to their credit.
(d) Death.

7. How did critics of the Constitution see that document?
(a) As a starting point for further amendments.
(b) As a poorly written document with considerable grammatical errors.
(c) As a betrayal of the core concepts of the American Revolution.
(d) As a shining beacon of the principals fought for in the Revolution.

8. Who were the attendees at The Dinner, the subject of this chapter?
(a) Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ben Franklin.
(b) Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison.
(c) John Adams, Abagail Adams, Ben Franklin.
(d) Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison.

9. Who did Jefferson replace as the US ambassador to France?
(a) George Marshall.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Joseph Kennedy.

10. Where, according to the Constitution, does sovreignity in the United States lie?
(a) With the President.
(b) With the people.
(c) With the states.
(d) At Fort Knox.

11. Why did the duel take place in such an out of the way location?
(a) Because it is a very noisy activity.
(b) Dueling was illegal in the United States.
(c) To avoid accidental shooting of passersby.
(d) Because it was near a hospital.

12. When did Hamilton die?
(a) Immediately.
(b) A year later, in a boating accident.
(c) Two weeks later, July 25, 1804.
(d) The next day, July 12, 1804.

13. At the time of the American Revolution, who else occupied North America besides the colonists?
(a) Vikings.
(b) Mayans.
(c) Native Americans, also known as Indian tribes.
(d) Illegal Aliens.

14. What was the date of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?
(a) October 29, 1851.
(b) January 20, 1804.
(c) July 11, 1804.
(d) July 4, 1776.

15. According to the author, what action would have ended the move for American Independence?
(a) Better use of horses by either army.
(b) Spain's entry into the war on the side of America.
(c) The invention of the atomic bomb.
(d) British commanders prosecuting the war more vigorously.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Hamilton's new country house?

2. How many colonies were present at the birth of the new nation of the United States?

3. What is the Code Duello?

4. According to the author, why did Hamilton go to the duel?

5. What are the two recognized methods to tell the story of the American formative years?

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