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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Ben Franklin quartered when he sailed to England in 1724?
(a) With the captain.
(b) Steerage.
(c) First class.
(d) With the crew.

2. Who bought the small planters tobacco crops rather than taking them on consignment?
(a) Welsh merchant houses.
(b) British merchant houses.
(c) Scottish merchant houses.
(d) Irish merchant houses.

3. What did the colonial American courts treat more seriously than violent acts?
(a) Disobedience.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Cheating.
(d) Profanity.

4. What relationship did the British farmer have with the land he worked?
(a) He was a tenant.
(b) He borrowed it.
(c) He lent it.
(d) He was the owner.

5. Who was the head of a colonial household?
(a) The matriarch.
(b) The oldest grandfather.
(c) The parents.
(d) The patriarch.

6. What were the religious upheavals in the colonies eventually called?
(a) Puritan Petitions.
(b) Religious Revolution.
(c) Great Awakening.
(d) Church's Decision.

7. Who rejected "ancient prejudices" that supported hereditary monarchy?
(a) Jonathan Sewell.
(b) Thomas Paine.
(c) John Locke.
(d) Ben Franklin.

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

9. In colonial America, what was commonly manufactured in enormous quantities by the farming population?
(a) Cloth.
(b) Rope.
(c) Preserves.
(d) Farm equipment.

10. What happened in colonial America when more and more people demanded land?
(a) Common people became land owners.
(b) There wasn't enough land.
(c) Land prices went up.
(d) Land was controlled by the government.

11. What kinds of laws were proposed in colonial America to curb spending?
(a) Speculative laws.
(b) Sumptuary laws.
(c) Pecuniary laws.
(d) Monetary laws.

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

13. In colonial America, what were the aristocracy allowed to engage in that they weren't allowed in Britain?
(a) Use of oaths.
(b) Retail trade.
(c) Farming.
(d) Gambling.

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

15. What was the colonial role in the renewed Anglo-French warfare in the 1750s?
(a) They supplied manpower and resources to England.
(b) They had no manpower or resources to supply to any country.
(c) They supplied no manpower or resources to any country.
(d) They supplied manpower and resources to France.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How could a colonial adolescent master a particular skill or learn a discipline?

3. What percent of the American colonial population was poor?

4. What was Philadelphia's approximate population in 1760?

5. Who argued that Britain was an unnatural parent?

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