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. Who wrote "Common Sense"?

3. Who said that the mind could be cultivated like a garden?

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

5. What percent of colonial Americans were loyalists?

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. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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. What did individual independence mean to revolutionaries?

10. How was liberalism measured during the Enlightenment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The monarchy's social cement of family, force, patronage, and dependence had made it powerful. After the revolution, what new social adhesive in colonial America replaced the monarchy? How was this replacement accomplished?

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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