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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In colonial America, a person who didn't have to work for a living still held what responsibility?
(a) He owed money to society.
(b) He owed charity to the poor.
(c) He owed jobs to the unemployed.
(d) He owed service to society.

2. What happened in colonial America when Connecticut tried to annex Pennsylvania?
(a) War.
(b) A law suit.
(c) A death.
(d) Riot.

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

4. After retiring, what does Ben Franklin do that later embarrasses him?
(a) Commission a portrait.
(b) Commission a special gun.
(c) Commission a house.
(d) Commission a uniform.

5. Who was the most popular and powerful man in Massachusetts during the last quarter of the 18th century?
(a) Henry McCulloch.
(b) John Hancock.
(c) Ben Franklin.
(d) Thomas Hutchinson.

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

7. 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.

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

9. When meeting someone new in colonial America, what was required for confidence in dealing with that person?
(a) Common interests.
(b) Compatible personalities.
(c) A mutual acquaintance.
(d) A letter of introduction.

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

11. How did the American colonies react to the intrusion of royal authority in 1763?
(a) Didn't accept it.
(b) Welcomed it.
(c) Ignored it.
(d) Asked for it.

12. What were colonial American rulers always concerned about regarding their positions?
(a) There would be conspiracies agains the people they govern.
(b) The collapse of the government.
(c) There would be plots against them.
(d) The finances to run their office.

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

14. Who did the American colonists blame when the wrong people held office?
(a) Themselves.
(b) The crown.
(c) Other officials.
(d) The voters.

15. What was critical to the success of colonial American office holders?
(a) Stable family life.
(b) Personal accountability.
(c) Freedom from debt.
(d) Social respectability.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who was an important patron of Ben Franklin?

3. In colonial America, what was absent between centralized and local authorities?

4. In colonial America, what was a self-made man called?

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

(see the answer keys)

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