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

2. Who said that after the revolution people were changed form subjects to citizens?
(a) John Adams.
(b) William Henry Drayton.
(c) Moses Cooper.
(d) David Ramsey.

3. What percent of colonial Americans were loyalists?
(a) 20%.
(b) 5%.
(c) 10%.
(d) 15%.

4. Who believed progress and social harmony would result from the enlightened conclusion of the new American society?
(a) John Quincy Adams.
(b) Robert Munsford.
(c) Jeremy Belknap.
(d) James Allen.

5. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?
(a) Israel Williams.
(b) Jeremy Belknap.
(c) Owen Biddle.
(d) Robert Munsford.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said about Americans that their "universal roar is Commerce"?

2. Who believed that each individual was responsible for his or her eternal salvation or damnation?

3. In the late 18th century, what replaced whipping and execution as penal codes?

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

5. In the late 1760s, who dismissed people's right to participate in government if they didn't have a liberal arts education?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What influence did George Washington exert at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787?

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

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

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

7. 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."

8. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

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

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

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