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 happened in colonial America when more and more people demanded land?

2. What kind of colonial churches dominated the first third of the 18th century?

3. What was the ideology of the Enlightenment?

4. How were domestic servants treated in colonial America as compared to Europe at that same time?

5. In colonial America, what were the aristocracy allowed to engage in that they weren't allowed in Britain?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why was traditional hierarchical authority brought to question throughout the 18th century?

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

4. How was the term 'gentleman' redefined in the 16th century?

5. By the second half of the 19th century, how did the term "middling" sort of people differ in America from its definition in Britain?

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

7. What does this quote mean? "Idolatry to Monarchs, and servility to Aristocratic Pride was never so totally eradicated from so many in so short a time."

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

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

10. How did early Americans' views of the government change after the Revolution?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the vertical structure of society under the monarchy to the envisioned horizontal structure that would result from the revolution.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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