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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. Who said he didn't know how to keep America from "sliding down into the mire of democracy"?
(a) James Kent.
(b) Oliver Wolcott.
(c) Fisher Ames.
(d) George Cabot.

2. Who said America was "just emerging from the rude unpolished condition of an infant country"?
(a) William Livingston.
(b) George Washington.
(c) Joseph Addison.
(d) Jonathan Mayhew.

3. What was the population of America in 1810?
(a) 7 million.
(b) 6 million.
(c) 5 million.
(d) 8 million.

4. In 1787, who said America lacked cohesion?
(a) Charles Nisbet.
(b) Daniel Webster.
(c) Elkanah Watson.
(d) John C. Calhoun.

5. Who said that "Benevolence is the Cement and Support of . . . the Great Community of mankind"?
(a) James Allen.
(b) Samuel Cooper.
(c) John Quincy Adams.
(d) Israel Williams.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who headed the revolutionary committee in Savannah, Georgia when the Revolution began?

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

3. How much were the first congressmen and senators paid per day of service?

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

5. Who said that the secret of America's prosperity was the celebration of work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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