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

2. How many American whiskey distilleries were there in 1830?
(a) 15,000.
(b) 20,000.
(c) 25,000.
(d) 10,000.

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

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

5. When was the Virgina constitution written?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1775.
(c) 1778.
(d) 1774.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said that "Benevolence is the Cement and Support of . . . the Great Community of mankind"?

2. What year was the Continental Congress?

3. What did the revolutionaries mean when they said they supported equality?

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

5. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

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

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

9. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

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