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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. How did colonial Americans look on black slavery?
(a) As a necessary evil.
(b) As an institution which needs legislation.
(c) As just another form of dependency.
(d) As an abomination.

2. After retiring, what does Ben Franklin do that later embarrasses him?
(a) Commission a uniform.
(b) Commission a special gun.
(c) Commission a house.
(d) Commission a portrait.

3. How could a colonial adolescent master a particular skill or learn a discipline?
(a) Be indentured or go to school.
(b) Learn from parents.
(c) Be privately tutored.
(d) Learn from a sibling.

4. How could a person be mobile in colonial society?
(a) By replacing someone of a higher rank.
(b) By earning money and buying status for the new rank.
(c) By marrying into a higher social rank.
(d) By demonstrating and possessing qualifications for new rank.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Historically, what do good Englishmen do?

2. What was the ideology of the Enlightenment?

3. In colonial America, what was absent between centralized and local authorities?

4. What characteristic of their heritage did colonial Americans in New England cling to?

5. What was the main consideration for a colonial man to be considered a gentleman?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the difference between morality under a republic rather than a monarchy?

2. What would a colonist do if someone spoke publicly against him?

3. What was the thinking of many colonial American Protestants towards child rearing?

4. Why could Anglo-American colonists never be good subjects to the crown?

5. How did wealthy commoners in the colonies try to gain status as gentlemen?

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

7. How did Bernard Mandeville and David Hume feel about the common people buying luxuries?

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

9. What happened in literature following Britain's Glorious Revolution of 1688?

10. What was the responsibility of the government under a monarchy?

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