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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 wrote the book "The Idle Man"?
(a) Richard Henry Dana.
(b) James Kent.
(c) David Dudley.
(d) Samuel Morse.

2. Who said, "All Christendom has been decomposed, broken in pieces" in this "fiery furnace of democracy"?
(a) Thomas Campbell.
(b) Samuel Blodgett.
(c) Elias Smith.
(d) Harrison Gray Otis.

3. In 1774 Philadelphia, what was the Philadelphia Committee of Nineteen?
(a) A trade organization.
(b) A religious organization.
(c) A loyalist organization.
(d) A resistance organization.

4. When did the first American Congress meet?
(a) 1789.
(b) 1788.
(c) 1786.
(d) 1787.

5. In the late 18th century, what replaced whipping and execution as penal codes?
(a) Imprisonment.
(b) Rehabilitation.
(c) Restitution.
(d) Deportation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What defined modern politicians as "persons who have little, if any regard for the welfare of the republic unless immediately connected with . . . their own private pursuits"?

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

3. Who wrote "The Religion of Nature Delineated"?

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

5. What year was the Continental Congress?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How did the numerous bankruptcies and financial collapses of the 1790s contribute to the democratization of America?

3. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

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

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

7. What was the Constitution of 1787 suppose to mitigate?

8. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

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

10. 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?

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