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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. Who rejected "ancient prejudices" that supported hereditary monarchy?
(a) Ben Franklin.
(b) Thomas Paine.
(c) John Locke.
(d) Jonathan Sewell.

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

3. What did colonial religious sects have in common?
(a) They advocated disobeying authority.
(b) They advocated disavowing authority.
(c) They advocated controlling authority.
(d) They advocated honoring authority.

4. What kind of colonial churches dominated the first third of the 18th century?
(a) Centralized state supported churches.
(b) Independent congregation supported churches.
(c) Denominationally supported churches.
(d) Organizational and society supported churches.

5. What was Philadelphia's approximate population in 1760?
(a) 20,000.
(b) 30,000.
(c) 40,000.
(d) 10,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the middle of the 18th century, what did many revolutionary leaders feel the colonies still needed?

2. In colonial America, who was rescued from poverty as a fourteen-year-old boy, only to become one of Virginia's most distinguished leaders?

3. How did non-English colonial Americans feel about the monarchy?

4. What did Ben Franklin say about government?

5. Who was governor of Massachusetts during the Boston Tea Party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was republicanism defined at the time of the American Revolution?

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

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

6. What was the golden age of Roman literature?

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

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

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

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

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