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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 believed progress and social harmony would result from the enlightened conclusion of the new American society?
(a) Jeremy Belknap.
(b) Robert Munsford.
(c) John Quincy Adams.
(d) James Allen.

2. In 1800, what percent of the American labor force was in farming?
(a) 85%.
(b) 75%.
(c) 80%.
(d) 70%.

3. What was the main source of instability and anxiety in revolutionary America?
(a) Religious dissent.
(b) Pervasive equality.
(c) Conspicuous consumption.
(d) Ostentatious aristocracy.

4. What became a surrogate religion for colonial Americans suspicious of traditional Christianity?
(a) Agnosticism.
(b) Freemasonry.
(c) The Quaker religion.
(d) Civic organizations.

5. Who said America was "just emerging from the rude unpolished condition of an infant country"?
(a) William Livingston.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Jonathan Mayhew.
(d) Joseph Addison.

Short Answer Questions

1. By 1820, which territories had doubled the size of America?

2. Who said America, "hath a blank sheet to write upon"?

3. In the late 1760s, who dismissed people's right to participate in government if they didn't have a liberal arts education?

4. When did the first American Congress meet?

5. Which President said, "Parties would always exist"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

2. After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, why did the revolutionary leaders almost immediately begin to doubt that their hope of a utopian America would be realized?

3. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

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

5. 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?

6. According to John Toland, what is the difference between a man who is free and one who is dependent?

7. What was the reason for the American 'economic miracle' of the 19th century?

8. In colonial America, how did the meaning of the word civility change in the last half of the 18th century?

9. What social conditions which normally precipitate a revolution were absent during the American Revolution?

10. What did the American westward movement of the early 19th century do to traditional forms of social organization?

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