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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. Which President said, "Parties would always exist"?
(a) James Monroe.
(b) Martin Van Buren.
(c) James Madison.
(d) John Quincy Adams.

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

3. Who had an international reputation as a hero in the 1780s?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Ben Franklin.

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

5. How many Boston merchants were named in the Massachusetts Banishment Act of 1778?
(a) 47.
(b) 44.
(c) 45.
(d) 46.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who strove to undermine the gentry's distinctiveness and privileges by emphasizing their similarity to common people?

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

3. Who said that after the revolution people were changed form subjects to citizens?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the opinion of a traditional gentleman's assumption of leisure change towards the end of the 18th century?

2. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

3. 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."

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

5. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

7. 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?

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

9. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

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