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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the status of an indentured servant in colonial America?
(a) He was a free agent.
(b) He was working his way up the ladder.
(c) He was property.
(d) He was the lowest class of society.

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

3. What did Ben Franklin identify as the central political problems of his time?
(a) Hatred of dependence and oppression.
(b) Love of power and money.
(c) Hatred of politicians and the military.
(d) Love of country and home.

4. In colonial America, what emerged after politics cease to be a contest among prominent families?
(a) Honest officials.
(b) Political parties.
(c) Fair laws.
(d) Money for good causes.

5. In colonial America, who were the protectors and creditors of common farmers?
(a) The local government.
(b) The patrons.
(c) The great planters.
(d) The merchants.

6. Who must yield power for a government to be good?
(a) Men who care about society.
(b) Wealthy men.
(c) Disinterested men.
(d) Men interested in politics.

7. In colonial America, what was the ultimate means of defending one's honor?
(a) Going to court.
(b) Distributing the truth in printed form.
(c) Debating the cause before equals.
(d) Dueling.

8. What percentage of 18th century colonial Americans were employed in farming?
(a) 90%.
(b) 80%.
(c) 95%.
(d) 85%.

9. What did monarchists hold as extremely important?
(a) Monarchy and enlightenment.
(b) Peace and order.
(c) Liberty and independence.
(d) Counterculture and reorganization.

10. What would eventually secure the people's right to participate in government?
(a) The right to own property.
(b) Religious freedom.
(c) The right to vote.
(d) Legal documents.

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

12. How did Colonel Landon Carter express his confusion about child rearing in colonial society?
(a) In a series of lectures.
(b) In a series of newspaper articles.
(c) In a book.
(d) In a diary.

13. How did colonial gentry demonstrate virtue?
(a) By church attendance and charitable contributions.
(b) By supporting trade schools and farms.
(c) By righteous behavior and virtuous living.
(d) By consuming enough to employ the commoners.

14. How did John Locke view a child's mind?
(a) As a blank slate.
(b) As useless and unformed.
(c) As moldable as clay.
(d) As foolish until educated.

15. 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) Common people no longer felt inferior.
(d) The upper class no longer felt superior.

Short Answer Questions

1. In colonial America, what was done with a political effigy?

2. What circumstance was unknown in small scale colonial American society?

3. During the war against France, what did farmers buy after they sold their surplus to the British troops?

4. In colonial America, what outweighed the concern for family lineage?

5. Who was an important patron of Ben Franklin?

(see the answer keys)

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