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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Historically, what kinds of men are guilty for all wars and tyrannies?
(a) Extraordinary men.
(b) Educated men.
(c) Politically powerful men.
(d) Egotistical men.

2. What did the original American colonists pride themselves as being?
(a) Righteous with values and morals.
(b) Free men with rights and liberties.
(c) Patriots with abilties and drives.
(d) Fortunate with possessions and families.

3. When first offered, why did Ben Franklin say he would not accept the military rank of colonel?
(a) He felt he should be a general.
(b) He wasn't a gentleman.
(c) He didn't believe in the military.
(d) He didn't have enough money.

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

5. When Ben Franklin was a boy, what important man discussed books with him?
(a) William Burnet.
(b) William Allen.
(c) Andrew Hamilton.
(d) James Logan.

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

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

8. What was it called when Ben Franklin appointed his friends and family to official positions after he became Deputy Postmaster General of North America?
(a) Consequentialism.
(b) Patronage.
(c) Paucity.
(d) Prerogativism.

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

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

11. 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) A standing army.
(d) Monarchial control.

12. How did John Locke view a child's mind?
(a) As useless and unformed.
(b) As foolish until educated.
(c) As moldable as clay.
(d) As a blank slate.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In colonial America, who was rescued from poverty as a fourteen-year-old boy, only to become one of Virginia's most distinguished leaders?

2. When meeting someone new in colonial America, what was required for confidence in dealing with that person?

3. What percentage of southern colonists were aristocrats?

4. What were those who opposed the Anglican church called?

5. In colonial America, what emerged after politics cease to be a contest among prominent families?

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