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. Who was an important patron of Ben Franklin?

2. What was another name for colonial gentlemen?

3. What was the main consideration for a colonial man to be considered a gentleman?

4. In colonial America, what was the ultimate means of defending one's honor?

5. What spending trend in colonial America did social conservatives condemn?

Short Essay Questions

1. In small face-to-face colonial society, give two examples of how official and personal affairs combined.

2. What did John Locke write about child rearing?

3. Why did colonists so eagerly desire titles or distinctions?

4. What would a colonist do if someone spoke publicly against him?

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

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

7. How did colonial inland trade change after 1745?

8. How did wealthy commoners in the colonies try to gain status as gentlemen?

9. What was the relationship of farmers and merchants in colonial America?

10. Give examples of the patronage Ben Franklin practiced when he became Deputy Postmaster General of North America.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the 18th century, colonial society was only a pale reflection of British society. American patronage and hierarchies were unstable. Explain how some aspects of American society were striving to emulate their British counterparts while at the same time other powerful republican forces in society were attempting to change the very fabric of colonial America.

Essay Topic 2

How did the American Revolution change the American people? Specifically, what is the difference between a person who is subject to a monarch and one who is a citizen in a republican nation?

Essay Topic 3

In the final years of his life, Thomas Jefferson was in despair over the direction America was taking. What did he hate about the changing nation? What did he see as regression rather than progress? What future did he foresee?

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