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. What was the primary nationality of the American colonists?

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

3. In colonial America, what were women considered from a legal standpoint?

4. Who must yield power for a government to be good?

5. In colonial America, who were the protectors and creditors of common farmers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was family defined in colonial America?

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

3. How did colonial inland trade change after 1745?

4. Why could Anglo-American colonists never be good subjects to the crown?

5. What were the distinctions between colonial American aristocracy and British aristocracy?

6. Describe the different categories of merchants in colonial America.

7. What was characteristic of economic exchanges in colonial America?

8. How was republicanism defined at the time of the American Revolution?

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

10. Why was the family household in colonial America the place where most work was done?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the Revolution, many believed that Americans' morals were being polluted and their liberties already eroding. Blame was placed on the influence of the French Revolution. Explain why the French Revolution was blamed and specifically how they influenced and affected American society. Give your opinion of the accusations, and the reasons for your opinions.

Essay Topic 2

Contrast American competition for public office with that kind of competition in England. What about the new American government led to the differences? How did political parties exacerbate the competition? How did politicians' ultimate view of office differ from the British view of office?

Essay Topic 3

By the early 19th century, how were the productive classes, those people working in a useful occupation, looked upon? How was the definition of work changed from the beginning of the 18th century? What virtue did work now imply?

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