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

3. Who said he didn't know how to keep America from "sliding down into the mire of democracy"?

4. Who said, "the attracting force of universal love" existed in all people?

5. What did Leverett Saltonstall call "the great bond of civil society"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did the American westward movement of the early 19th century do to traditional forms of social organization?

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

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

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

9. Why have historians criticized John Hancock?

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

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

How did the republicanism of the English constitution make the English monarchy unique among the other European monarchies and hold both monarchical and republican values together in the English culture?

Essay Topic 3

Thomas Hutchinson, a colonial magistrate and the royal governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony during the Boston Tea Party, was one of the most learned and refined men in all of North America. By the early 1770s he was thoroughly hated by the colonists. Explain his colonial history until just before the Revolution and enumerate the reasons he was so hated and his reactions to those who hated him.

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