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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did classical republican ideals lay the foundation for?
(a) A liberal arts education.
(b) A science education.
(c) A religious education.
(d) A legal education.

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

3. Who wrote about the irreligious "Wild Woods" of the Carolina back country?
(a) Woodward Charleston.
(b) Charles Woodmason.
(c) Charles Masonward.
(d) Mason Woodward.

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

5. What did Ben Franklin say about government?
(a) It should be obeyed.
(b) It should be abolished.
(c) It's a man-made contrivance.
(d) It's a necessary evil.

6. Historically, what do good Englishmen do?
(a) Resist tyranny.
(b) Help the downtrodden.
(c) Build their economy.
(d) Fortify their defenses.

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

8. In colonial America, who was rescued from poverty as a fourteen-year-old boy, only to become one of Virginia's most distinguished leaders?
(a) Charles Wilson Peale.
(b) Daniel Dulagy.
(c) Benjamin Robinson.
(d) Edmund Pendleton.

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

10. In colonial America, what outweighed the concern for family lineage?
(a) Individual desires of the father.
(b) Individual desires of the children.
(c) Individual desires of the head of the household.
(d) Individual desires of the mother.

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

12. Who wrote the "Spirit of Laws" in 1748?
(a) Franklin.
(b) Cicero.
(c) Hume.
(d) Montesquieu.

13. What would eventually secure the people's right to participate in government?
(a) Religious freedom.
(b) The right to vote.
(c) Legal documents.
(d) The right to own property.

14. What was the primary nationality of the American colonists?
(a) Scottish.
(b) English.
(c) Irish.
(d) Europeans.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Republicans hold as extremely important?

2. Who identified the source of the revolution as the dissolution of family authority?

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

4. What was critical to the success of colonial American office holders?

5. When Ben Franklin was a boy, what important man discussed books with him?

(see the answer keys)

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