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 percentage of southern colonists were aristocrats?

2. Who argued that Britain was an unnatural parent?

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

4. What happened in colonial America when Connecticut tried to annex Pennsylvania?

5. In colonial America, a person who didn't have to work for a living still held what responsibility?

Short Essay Questions

1. Towards the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century, what was the result of Americans believing that every man was his own moral agent who was his own master in all respects and could dispose himself as he wished?

2. What social conditions which normally precipitate a revolution were absent during the American Revolution?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How did colonial inland trade change after 1745?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did the republicanism of the English constitution make the English monarchy unique among the other European monarchies and hold both monarchical and republican values together in the English culture?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the life and leisure of the aristocracy to the life and labor of the common people in colonial America before the revolution.

Essay Topic 3

How was James Guild's rise from humble origins to respectability typical of the American dream? What were the steps of his journey and how did they typify the hopes of other humbly born Americans?

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