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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In colonial America, what was a self-made man called?
(a) A wealthy William.
(b) A lucky Tom.
(c) An industrious Samuel.
(d) A poor Richard.

2. In colonial America, which pairs of words were "opposites and irreconcilable"?
(a) Indentured and dependency.
(b) Freedom and dependency.
(c) Tenant and dependency.
(d) Freedom and religion.

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

4. What was the main consideration for a colonial man to be considered a gentleman?
(a) He must be a member of a political party and the militia.
(b) He must be a married man with good standing in the community.
(c) He must be a land owner and a church member.
(d) He must be free from material and intellectual want.

5. In colonial America, why did officer holders receive honors and titles?
(a) To inspire respect and obedience from the common people.
(b) To solicit money for polictical causes.
(c) To give honor where honor is due.
(d) To impress and show up their peers.

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

7. What characteristic separated patricians from plebeians?
(a) Education.
(b) Income.
(c) Physical labor.
(d) Birth status.

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

9. What was the highest level of knowledge of a trade in colonial America?
(a) Expert.
(b) Master.
(c) Journeyman.
(d) Apprentice.

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

11. What kind of colonial churches dominated the first third of the 18th century?
(a) Centralized state supported churches.
(b) Organizational and society supported churches.
(c) Denominationally supported churches.
(d) Independent congregation supported churches.

12. What was the ideology of the Enlightenment?
(a) Republicanism.
(b) Mysticism.
(c) Rationalism.
(d) Counterculture.

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

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

15. In colonial America, who was rescued from poverty as a fourteen-year-old boy, only to become one of Virginia's most distinguished leaders?
(a) Edmund Pendleton.
(b) Benjamin Robinson.
(c) Daniel Dulagy.
(d) Charles Wilson Peale.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the grandest colonial American estates compare to traditional British estates?

2. What did monarchists hold as extremely important?

3. In the 18th century, what did the golden age of Roman literature speak about?

4. Within the colonial family unit, what right did adult children demand?

5. Who argued that Britain was an unnatural parent?

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