The Radicalism of the American Revolution Test | Final 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. Whose play "Cato" taught George Washington what it meant to be liberal and virtuous?

2. What form of address came into general use in the late 18th century?

3. Who wrote "The Religion of Nature Delineated"?

4. Whose Massachusetts family had done missionary work among the Indians?

5. In the 1790s, who proclaimed that every man and woman in every society ought to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. After the signing of the Declaration of Independence, why did the revolutionary leaders almost immediately begin to doubt that their hope of a utopian America would be realized?

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

3. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

5. In colonial America, how did the meaning of the word civility change in the last half of the 18th century?

6. 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."

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

8. By the end of the 18th century, what was the source of the American aristocracy's downfall?

9. What did the American westward movement of the early 19th century do to traditional forms of social organization?

10. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Thomas Hutchinson, a colonial magistrate and the royal governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony during the Boston Tea Party, was one of the most learned and refined men in all of North America. By the early 1770s he was thoroughly hated by the colonists. Explain his colonial history until just before the Revolution and enumerate the reasons he was so hated and his reactions to those who hated him.

Essay Topic 2

The monarchy's social cement of family, force, patronage, and dependence had made it powerful. After the revolution, what new social adhesive in colonial America replaced the monarchy? How was this replacement accomplished?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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