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. Who wrote "Common Sense"?

2. Who became the richest man in Gloucester, R.I., just a few years before the revolution?

3. What did the revolutionaries mean when they said they supported equality?

4. How many American whiskey distilleries were there in 1830?

5. Who said that the secret of America's prosperity was the celebration of work?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to John Toland, what is the difference between a man who is free and one who is dependent?

2. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

After the Revolution, many believed that Americans' morals were being polluted and their liberties already eroding. Blame was placed on the influence of the French Revolution. Explain why the French Revolution was blamed and specifically how they influenced and affected American society. Give your opinion of the accusations, and the reasons for your opinions.

Essay Topic 3

Contrast American competition for public office with that kind of competition in England. What about the new American government led to the differences? How did political parties exacerbate the competition? How did politicians' ultimate view of office differ from the British view of office?

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