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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) John Quincy Adams.
(b) James Monroe.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Martin Van Buren.

2. What did Leverett Saltonstall call "the great bond of civil society"?
(a) Democracy.
(b) Christianity.
(c) Individual conscience.
(d) Freedom.

3. The "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation" was a key document for which man?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Jonathan Mayhew.
(c) Joseph Addison.
(d) William Livingston.

4. 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"?
(a) The Philadelphia News Journal.
(b) The Niles Weekly Register.
(c) The Federalist Weekly News.
(d) The Republican Voice.

5. In the 1790s, who labeled gentry as men of idleness, extravagance, and dissipation?
(a) George Warner.
(b) Abraham Bishop
(c) William Drayton.
(d) Matthew Lyon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What most alarmed the American colonial gentry of the 1760s and 1770s?

2. Who was the speaker of the House of Burgess in 1766?

3. By 1820, which territories had doubled the size of America?

4. When was the Virgina constitution written?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

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

4. What was hoped to replace fear and favor in enlightened colonial American society? How would the replacement be manifested?

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

6. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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