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 colonial America, which pairs of words were "opposites and irreconcilable"?

2. How did colonial Americans look on black slavery?

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

4. Who vigorously denounced the Stamp Act riots in 1765?

5. How did the grandest colonial American estates compare to traditional British estates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterized colonial American tenantry?

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

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

4. What was the responsibility of the government under a monarchy?

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

6. How was family defined in colonial America?

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

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

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

10. How had the definition of aristocracy in colonial America changed by the 18th century?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

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