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. What defined modern politicians as "persons who have little, if any regard for the welfare of the republic unless immediately connected with . . . their own private pursuits"?

2. When was the Virgina constitution written?

3. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?

4. By 1820, which territories had doubled the size of America?

5. Who called traditional ties of a monarchical society "bonds of blood, family, and personal influence"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why was it impossible for Christianity to be the one means of unifying America at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the 18th century, colonial society was only a pale reflection of British society. American patronage and hierarchies were unstable. Explain how some aspects of American society were striving to emulate their British counterparts while at the same time other powerful republican forces in society were attempting to change the very fabric of colonial America.

Essay Topic 2

At the beginning of the 19th century, what massive economic changes took place that affected the mind and character of Americans? Include technology, transportation, and commerce in your explanation.

Essay Topic 3

By the early 19th century, how were the productive classes, those people working in a useful occupation, looked upon? How was the definition of work changed from the beginning of the 18th century? What virtue did work now imply?

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