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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the middle of the 18th century, what did many revolutionary leaders feel the colonies still needed?
(a) Monarchial control.
(b) A standing army.
(c) A constitutional government.
(d) A President.

2. What religious belief did Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin hold?
(a) Anglican.
(b) Puritan.
(c) Christian.
(d) Deist.

3. Why was poverty considered a virtue for common colonial people?
(a) It kept them submissive.
(b) It kept them subjected.
(c) It kept them industrious.
(d) It kept them satisfied.

4. Who wrote about the irreligious "Wild Woods" of the Carolina back country?
(a) Mason Woodward.
(b) Charles Masonward.
(c) Charles Woodmason.
(d) Woodward Charleston.

5. How could a person be mobile in colonial society?
(a) By marrying into a higher social rank.
(b) By earning money and buying status for the new rank.
(c) By replacing someone of a higher rank.
(d) By demonstrating and possessing qualifications for new rank.

6. In colonial America, what were women considered from a legal standpoint?
(a) They were possessions.
(b) They were independent.
(c) They were non-people.
(d) They were dependent.

7. What was the most radical change brought about by the Revolution?
(a) Common people had the same opportunities as the upper class.
(b) The upper class must share their status with commoners.
(c) The upper class no longer felt superior.
(d) Common people no longer felt inferior.

8. What spending trend in colonial America did social conservatives condemn?
(a) Foolish spending.
(b) Speculative spending.
(c) Recreational spending.
(d) Emulation spending.

9. What was it called when Ben Franklin appointed his friends and family to official positions after he became Deputy Postmaster General of North America?
(a) Consequentialism.
(b) Paucity.
(c) Patronage.
(d) Prerogativism.

10. Who spoke for and was responsible for servants, slaves, and tenants?
(a) They were responsible for themselves.
(b) No one was responsible for them.
(c) The head of the household.
(d) The colonial government.

11. How did colonial Americans look on black slavery?
(a) As just another form of dependency.
(b) As an institution which needs legislation.
(c) As a necessary evil.
(d) As an abomination.

12. Within the colonial family unit, what right did adult children demand?
(a) To strike out on their own.
(b) To choose their own spouses.
(c) To be responsible for themselves.
(d) To choose their own employment.

13. In colonial America, how did parents view their power as parents?
(a) Limited monarchy.
(b) Equals within the family.
(c) Dictatorship.
(d) Head of a democracy.

14. During the war against France, what did farmers buy after they sold their surplus to the British troops?
(a) Necessities.
(b) Luxury goods.
(c) More land.
(d) Needed equipment.

15. In the 18th century, what did the golden age of Roman literature speak about?
(a) Scientific and historic discoveries.
(b) Religious and emotional decisions.
(c) Moral and ethical issues.
(d) Political and social ideals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the status of an indentured servant in colonial America?

2. How did John Locke view a child's mind?

3. What were colonial American rulers always concerned about regarding their positions?

4. What were those who opposed the Anglican church called?

5. How did fathers among colonial gentry control their adult children?

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