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. Which President said, "Parties would always exist"?

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

3. What sail maker spoke for all industrious working men in 1797?

4. Who had an international reputation as a hero in the 1780s?

5. What did John Adams consider to be the main mark of a gentleman?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did American office holders from 1776 on urge their republican governments to not only pay salaries but to keep raising them?

4. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. In colonial America, how did the meaning of the word civility change in the last half of 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

How did the American Revolution change the American people? Specifically, what is the difference between a person who is subject to a monarch and one who is a citizen in a republican nation?

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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