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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. Who wrote the "Spirit of Laws" in 1748?
(a) Hume.
(b) Montesquieu.
(c) Franklin.
(d) Cicero.

2. What was the highest level of knowledge of a trade in colonial America?
(a) Expert.
(b) Apprentice.
(c) Journeyman.
(d) Master.

3. How did colonial gentry demonstrate virtue?
(a) By supporting trade schools and farms.
(b) By consuming enough to employ the commoners.
(c) By church attendance and charitable contributions.
(d) By righteous behavior and virtuous living.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was poverty considered a virtue for common colonial people?

2. Who did the American colonists blame when the wrong people held office?

3. In colonial America, which pairs of words were "opposites and irreconcilable"?

4. Who wrote about the irreligious "Wild Woods" of the Carolina back country?

5. In colonial America, what was commonly manufactured in enormous quantities by the farming population?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did gentry families try to emulate English nobility?

6. How did colonial inland trade change after 1745?

7. Why did colonists so eagerly desire titles or distinctions?

8. What characterized colonial American tenantry?

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

10. Before the revolution, what did the aristocracy think of the common people?

(see the answer keys)

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