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Gordon S. Wood
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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. What circumstance was unknown in small scale colonial American society?
(a) Dissent.
(b) Opposition.
(c) Privacy.
(d) Conformity.

2. In colonial America, what emerged after politics cease to be a contest among prominent families?
(a) Money for good causes.
(b) Honest officials.
(c) Fair laws.
(d) Political parties.

3. What spending trend in colonial America did social conservatives condemn?
(a) Emulation spending.
(b) Foolish spending.
(c) Speculative spending.
(d) Recreational spending.

4. What were those who opposed the Anglican church called?
(a) Proselytes.
(b) Heretics.
(c) Dissenters.
(d) Converts.

5. What relationship did the British farmer have with the land he worked?
(a) He borrowed it.
(b) He was a tenant.
(c) He was the owner.
(d) He lent it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did fathers among colonial gentry control their adult children?

2. What was another name for colonial commoners?

3. How did colonial Americans look on black slavery?

4. What percent of the American colonial population was poor?

5. What was the colonial role in the renewed Anglo-French warfare in the 1750s?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How had the definition of aristocracy in colonial America changed by the 18th century?

3. Give examples of the patronage Ben Franklin practiced when he became Deputy Postmaster General of North America.

4. How was mid-18th century colonial America a traditional society?

5. How was family defined in colonial America?

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

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

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

9. Why was traditional hierarchical authority brought to question throughout the 18th century?

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

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