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. The "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation" was a key document for which man?

2. What eventually became the sole criterion for the political worth of a person?

3. Who said he didn't know how to keep America from "sliding down into the mire of democracy"?

4. In the 1790s, who labeled gentry as men of idleness, extravagance, and dissipation?

5. What contributed to America's economic troubles in the 1780s?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did the opinion of a traditional gentleman's assumption of leisure change towards the end of the 18th century?

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

5. What influence did George Washington exert at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787?

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

7. Why were the American gentry alarmed at the desire of the common people to share in the conduct of the government?

8. 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?

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

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

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

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?

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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