The Radicalism of the American Revolution Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Gordon S. Wood
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the American colonies, what was the euphemistic name for every kind of personal connection, even if inherently unequal?

2. How did colonial gentry demonstrate virtue?

3. In colonial America, what was a self-made man called?

4. How did non-English colonial Americans feel about the monarchy?

5. How was intermarriage and inbreeding looked upon by colonial gentry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did John Locke write about child rearing?

2. How did gentry families try to emulate English nobility?

3. What was the golden age of Roman literature?

4. What was the difference between morality under a republic rather than a monarchy?

5. How did religion in colonial America support the authority and order of the monarchy?

6. How was mid-18th century colonial America a traditional society?

7. Before the revolution, what did the aristocracy think of the common people?

8. In colonial America, what was an entailed estate?

9. What did the British conquest of the French in 1759 and the subsequent peace in 1763 do to colonial expansion?

10. What characterized colonial American tenantry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What considerations and decisions by others and George Washington, himself, led to Washington's nomination to be President?

Essay Topic 2

The revolutionaries' desire had been to remove all private interests from government, but by the 1790s private interest so pervaded Congress and statehouses that Americans found it almost impossible to conceive of disinterested officials. Using Timothy Ford's example of dealings in South Carolina, explain how special interests replaced the original republican goals of keeping private interests out of the government.

Essay Topic 3

Samuel Blodget taught that common economic interest was the best adhesive a society could have. Explain Blodget's four 'social ties' and how they related to 19th century American economy.

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