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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Why was poverty considered a virtue for common colonial people?
(a) It kept them satisfied.
(b) It kept them industrious.
(c) It kept them submissive.
(d) It kept them subjected.

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

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

6. In colonial America, what were women considered from a legal standpoint?
(a) They were non-people.
(b) They were possessions.
(c) They were dependent.
(d) They were independent.

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

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

9. Concerning the marketplace, how did colonial American and British aristocracy differ?
(a) Americans are involved in the marketplace while British are not.
(b) Americans are better in the marketplace.
(c) British are better in the marketplace.
(d) British are involved in the marketplace while Americans are not

10. 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) Daniel Dulagy.
(b) Benjamin Robinson.
(c) Edmund Pendleton.
(d) Charles Wilson Peale.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How was the Anglican church part of politics in Britain?

2. What did Ben Franklin say about government?

3. What religious belief did Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin hold?

4. What were colonial American rulers always concerned about regarding their positions?

5. What did the colonial American courts treat more seriously than violent acts?

(see the answer keys)

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