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 was the main source of instability and anxiety in revolutionary America?

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

3. Who wrote the book "The Patriots"?

4. Who wrote the book "The Idle Man"?

5. Where was the first county fair held?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 the monarchical power in England's government with its power in the colonial government before the revolution.

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