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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) John Quincy Adams.
(b) Jeremy Belknap.
(c) Robert Munsford.
(d) James Allen.

2. Who said America, "hath a blank sheet to write upon"?
(a) Thomas Paine.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) Lord Chesterfield.
(d) John Adams.

3. Before the revolution, what was labor associated with?
(a) Oppression and fear.
(b) Tradition and necessity.
(c) Increased productivity.
(d) Slavery and servitude.

4. What most alarmed the American colonial gentry of the 1760s and 1770s?
(a) That common people wanted to participate in government.
(b) That their wealth was dependent on common people.
(c) That common people were striving to become gentry.
(d) That common people disrespected the gentry.

5. Who called traditional ties of a monarchical society "bonds of blood, family, and personal influence"?
(a) Jeremy Belknap.
(b) Israel Williams.
(c) Owen Biddle.
(d) James Allen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?

2. 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"?

3. Who said that the mind could be cultivated like a garden?

4. Who said America was "just emerging from the rude unpolished condition of an infant country"?

5. How many loyalists left the colonies during the revolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

10. What does this quote mean? "Idolatry to Monarchs, and servility to Aristocratic Pride was never so totally eradicated from so many in so short a time."

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