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 percent of colonial Americans were loyalists?

2. When did the first American Congress meet?

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

4. In 1800, what percent of the American labor force was in farming?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Samuel Blodget taught that common economic interest was the best adhesive a society could have. Explain Blodget's four 'social ties' and how they related to 19th century American economy.

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

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.

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