The Radicalism of the American Revolution Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What most alarmed the American colonial gentry of the 1760s and 1770s?
(a) That their wealth was dependent on common people.
(b) That common people wanted to participate in government.
(c) That common people were striving to become gentry.
(d) That common people disrespected the gentry.

2. Who was the speaker of the House of Burgess in 1766?
(a) Algernon Sidney.
(b) Richard Henry Lee.
(c) John Robinson.
(d) John Criswell.

3. How many Boston merchants were named in the Massachusetts Banishment Act of 1778?
(a) 47.
(b) 45.
(c) 46.
(d) 44.

4. What did John Adams consider to be the main mark of a gentleman?
(a) A liberal arts education.
(b) Wealth and ease of life.
(c) Virture and charitable causes.
(d) Dedication to public service.

5. What contributed to America's economic troubles in the 1780s?
(a) The withdrawal of loyalist's monies.
(b) The establishment of a new government.
(c) The absence of manufacturing.
(d) The end of the war.

6. How much were the first congressmen and senators paid per day of service?
(a) $7.
(b) $6.
(c) $4.
(d) $5.

7. What was the most radical ideology initiated by the Revolution?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Equality.
(c) . Republicanism.
(d) Liberalism.

8. What was the main source of instability and anxiety in revolutionary America?
(a) Ostentatious aristocracy.
(b) Religious dissent.
(c) Pervasive equality.
(d) Conspicuous consumption.

9. What did John Locke write about the common moral sense of every man?
(a) That men are disposed to do good.
(b) That men must be taught what is good and bad.
(c) That men are amoral.
(d) That men are disposed to do bad.

10. Who wrote "Common Sense"?
(a) Robert Munsford.
(b) Thomas Paine.
(c) Samuel Cooper.
(d) Jeremy Belknap.

11. How many loyalists left the colonies during the revolution?
(a) 80,000.
(b) 70,000.
(c) 90,000.
(d) 60,000.

12. The "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation" was a key document for which man?
(a) Jonathan Mayhew.
(b) Joseph Addison.
(c) George Washington.
(d) William Livingston.

13. Which President said, "Parties would always exist"?
(a) James Monroe.
(b) James Madison.
(c) John Quincy Adams.
(d) Martin Van Buren.

14. What year was the Continental Congress?
(a) 1772.
(b) 1773.
(c) 1775.
(d) 1774.

15. In 1800, what percent of the American labor force was in farming?
(a) 75%.
(b) 85%.
(c) 80%.
(d) 70%.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who resigned from Congress in 1778 because he did not feel he could be a good Congressman because of necessity he was also compelled to practice law?

2. What defined modern politicians as "persons who have little, if any regard for the welfare of the republic unless immediately connected with . . . their own private pursuits"?

3. In the late 18th century, what replaced whipping and execution as penal codes?

4. What eventually became the sole criterion for the political worth of a person?

5. Who strove to undermine the gentry's distinctiveness and privileges by emphasizing their similarity to common people?

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