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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 absent between centralized and local authorities?
(a) Agreement.
(b) Harmony.
(c) Cooperation.
(d) Stability.

2. How are people regarded in a hierarchical society?
(a) Individuals are socially equal.
(b) Individuals can never change class.
(c) Individuals belong to a particular class.
(d) Individuals can easily move between classes.

3. In the American colonies, what was the euphemistic name for every kind of personal connection, even if inherently unequal?
(a) Patronage.
(b) Dependency.
(c) Paternalism.
(d) Friendship.

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

5. What was Philadelphia's approximate population in 1760?
(a) 20,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 30,000.
(d) 40,000.

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

7. 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.

8. What was the highest class of British society called?
(a) Egalitarianism.
(b) Hierarchy.
(c) Aristocracy.
(d) Monarchy.

9. How did colonial Americans look on black slavery?
(a) As an abomination.
(b) As an institution which needs legislation.
(c) As just another form of dependency.
(d) As a necessary evil.

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What percentage of northern colonists were aristocrats?

2. What would eventually secure the people's right to participate in government?

3. What was another name for colonial commoners?

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

5. What kind of colonial churches dominated the first third of the 18th century?

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