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 sail maker spoke for all industrious working men in 1797?

2. How many Boston merchants were named in the Massachusetts Banishment Act of 1778?

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

4. Who was the speaker of the House of Burgess in 1766?

5. Who said, "the attracting force of universal love" existed in all people?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. On what precept was freemasonry organized?

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

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

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

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

10. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the life and leisure of the aristocracy to the life and labor of the common people in colonial America before the revolution.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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