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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 commonly manufactured in enormous quantities by the farming population?
(a) Farm equipment.
(b) Rope.
(c) Cloth.
(d) Preserves.

2. Who in colonial America had the best opportunity to become wealthy?
(a) Those engaged in overseas commerce.
(b) Those engaged in colonial politics.
(c) Those engaged in supplying goods to the colonists.
(d) Those engaged in selling arms in the war.

3. What was another name for colonial commoners?
(a) Plebians.
(b) Patricians.
(c) Egalitarians.
(d) Serfs.

4. 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.

5. How was the Anglican church part of politics in Britain?
(a) It was separate from the government.
(b) It was an arm of the crown.
(c) It held a political position.
(d) It persecuted different religions.

6. How much land did the British victory over France in 1759-1763 open for speculation or settlement?
(a) 600 million acres.
(b) 400 million acres.
(c) 500 million acres.
(d) 700 million acres.

7. How did fathers among colonial gentry control their adult children?
(a) They took away their possessions.
(b) They threathened disinheritance.
(c) They used corporal punishment.
(d) They took them to court.

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

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

10. What percentage of northern colonists were aristocrats?
(a) 9%.
(b) 11%.
(c) 8%.
(d) 10%.

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

12. What percent of the American colonial population was poor?
(a) 5%.
(b) 15%.
(c) 20%.
(d) 10%.

13. What is one way republicans are different from monarchists?
(a) Less subject to revolution.
(b) Less subject to corruption.
(c) More subject to revolution.
(d) More subject to corruption.

14. In colonial America, what was done with a political effigy?
(a) It was pubically beaten.
(b) It was hanged.
(c) It was buried.
(d) It was burned.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who rejected "ancient prejudices" that supported hereditary monarchy?

3. In the American colonies, what was the euphemistic name for every kind of personal connection, even if inherently unequal?

4. Who wrote the "Spirit of Laws" in 1748?

5. What characteristic separated patricians from plebeians?

(see the answer keys)

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