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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 said that "Benevolence is the Cement and Support of . . . the Great Community of mankind"?
(a) John Quincy Adams.
(b) Israel Williams.
(c) Samuel Cooper.
(d) James Allen.

2. In the 1790s, who proclaimed that every man and woman in every society ought to work?
(a) Benjamin Rush.
(b) Parson Weems.
(c) Edward Everett.
(d) John Adams.

3. What did the revolutionaries mean when they said they supported equality?
(a) They supported equal distribution of wealth.
(b) They supported equal income.
(c) They supported equal education.
(d) They supported equality of opportunity.

4. Who drew up the Virginia Declaration of Rights?
(a) William Livingston.
(b) Charles Carroll.
(c) George Mason.
(d) James Cheetham.

5. How many American whiskey distilleries were there in 1830?
(a) 20,000.
(b) 10,000.
(c) 15,000.
(d) 25,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose play "Cato" taught George Washington what it meant to be liberal and virtuous?

2. In 1800, what percent of the American labor force was in farming?

3. What form of address came into general use in the late 18th century?

4. Who resigned from Congress in 1778 because he did not feel he could be a good Congressman because of necessity he was also compelled to practice law?

5. Whose Massachusetts family had done missionary work among the Indians?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

3. 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?

4. By the end of the 18th century, what was the source of the American aristocracy's downfall?

5. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

6. Towards the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century, what was the result of Americans believing that every man was his own moral agent who was his own master in all respects and could dispose himself as he wished?

7. Why did American office holders from 1776 on urge their republican governments to not only pay salaries but to keep raising them?

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

9. Why were the American gentry alarmed at the desire of the common people to share in the conduct of the government?

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

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