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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Originally in colonial America, how were gentlemen to treat inferiors and subordinates?
(a) As equals.
(b) As spouses.
(c) As parents.
(d) As children.

4. What did monarchists hold as extremely important?
(a) Counterculture and reorganization.
(b) Peace and order.
(c) Monarchy and enlightenment.
(d) Liberty and independence.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did colonial gentry demonstrate virtue?

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

3. What relationship did the British farmer have with the land he worked?

4. What was another name for colonial commoners?

5. What supported the colonial southern plantations that made networks of influence unnecessary?

Short Essay Questions

1. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

2. How did early Americans' views of the government change after the Revolution?

3. What were the distinctions between colonial American aristocracy and British aristocracy?

4. Towards the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century, what was the result of Americans believing that every man was his own moral agent who was his own master in all respects and could dispose himself as he wished?

5. What was the relationship of farmers and merchants in colonial America?

6. Why was it impossible for Christianity to be the one means of unifying America at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries?

7. In small face-to-face colonial society, give two examples of how official and personal affairs combined.

8. By the 1820s, what was the relationship of painters and middling American families?

9. Describe the different categories of merchants in colonial America.

10. What influence did George Washington exert at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787?

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