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

2. 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?
(a) James Iredell.
(b) Thomas Stone.
(c) John Jebb.
(d) David Hume.

3. What was democracy considered in the 18th century?
(a) A technical term of political theory.
(b) An impossible accomplishment to be dismissed.
(c) A present condition of American life.
(d) A utopian term or society's hope.

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

5. What contributed to America's economic troubles in the 1780s?
(a) The end of the war.
(b) The establishment of a new government.
(c) The absence of manufacturing.
(d) The withdrawal of loyalist's monies.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the first county fair held?

2. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?

3. Who said, "the attracting force of universal love" existed in all people?

4. When did the first American Congress meet?

5. Who wrote "Common Sense"?

Short Essay Questions

1. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

2. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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