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. In the late 1760s, who dismissed people's right to participate in government if they didn't have a liberal arts education?

2. Who said that after the revolution people were changed form subjects to citizens?

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

4. What most alarmed the American colonial gentry of the 1760s and 1770s?

5. Who believed that each individual was responsible for his or her eternal salvation or damnation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

4. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

6. 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?

7. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

9. What does this quote mean? "Idolatry to Monarchs, and servility to Aristocratic Pride was never so totally eradicated from so many in so short a time."

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

How was the paternal, face-to-face nature of early colonial American society demonstrated by Henry Laurens' acts during the Stamp Act riot in 1765? What specifically did he do and what was the reaction of the rioters? How did the outcome reveal the intact hierarchical structure?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how family networks in the colonies were used in politics. Cite the details of one specific family from the book and give descriptions of the network that generally apply.

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