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. Where was the first county fair held?

2. Who drew up the Virginia Declaration of Rights?

3. When did Americans begin to call for the boycotting of British goods?

4. What eventually became the sole criterion for the political worth of a person?

5. Before the revolution, what was labor associated with?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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."

6. What was hoped to replace fear and favor in enlightened colonial American society? How would the replacement be manifested?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast how English aristocrats dominated and sustained their localities with how American aristocrats related to their localities.

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