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Discovery & Settlement
Colonial America
Discord in the Thirteen Colonies
The American Revolution

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  DIRECTIONS: Using knowledge obtained through class lecture and assigned reading, coupled with the ability
  to reason logically, select the best response from among the four suggested completions for each statement.

  1. Harvard and Yale were colleges established primarily to:

    1. encourage scientific advances
    2. prepare young men for political leadership
    3. ensure an adequate supply of ministers
    4. train teachers, lawyers, and doctors

  2. Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 in Virginia resulted in:

    1. exposed tensions between backcountry farmers and tidewater gentry
    2. modified election process for the colony's governor
    3. suspension of activity within the House of Burgesses for a period of one year
    4. increased land allotments for indentured servants

  3. Prior to 1492, many American Indian cultures were strongly influenced by the:

    1. spread of corn cultivation
    2. invention of the spoked wheel
    3. domestication of horses
    4. introduction of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper

  4. In colonial America, a married woman:

    1. could be sentenced to debtors' prison for valid financial claims against her husband
    2. held the same rights as her husband over their children
    3. generally lost control of her property when she married
    4. could vote in elections as her husband's proxy

  5. An outcome of Europe's wars for the empire between 1688 and 1763 was the:

    1. armed struggles spread to America
    2. French made themselves the dominant colonial power in the North America
    3. British taxed their American colonies heavily to finance the wars
    4. Spanish lost all their territory in North America

  6. The colonies of Virginia and Massachusetts were most alike in that both:

    1. relied on marketing of a single crop
    2. were royal colonies
    3. had an established Anglican Church
    4. were heavily dependent on slave labor

  7. The 1649 Maryland Toleration Act:

    1. removed all restrictions on the practice of religion
    2. provided for the separation of church and state
    3. granted religious freedom to all Christians who accepted the Trinity
    4. led immediately to the persecution of suspected witches

  8. The system of indentured labor used in the English colonies:

    1. allowed England to deport most criminals
    2. enabled poor people to seek opportunity in America
    3. delayed the establishment of slavery in the South until about 1730
    4. facilitated the cultivation of cotton and tobacco in the South

  9. As the Indians of Appalachia were defeated, the group(s) that moved in greatest numbers into the region was/were:

    1. Spanish settlers from Florida
    2. slaveholders, indentured servants, and slaves from coastal plantations
    3. Puritans from New England
    4. Scotch-Irish, German, and English immigrants

  10. During the Revolutionary War, the principal reason why the American government sought diplomatic recognition from foreign powers was to:

    1. convince the British of the justice of the American cause
    2. make it easier to levy taxes on the citizens of the several states
    3. facilitate the purchase of arms and borrowing of money from other countries
    4. rally all the states behind a common cause

  11. "The Present King of Great Britain...has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws...." The reference to "constitution" in this excerpt from the Declaration of Independence meant:

    1. principles common to all of the colonial charters
    2. the Articles of Confederation
    3. laws passed concurrently by the several colonial legislatures
    4. principles the colonists believed had traditionally regulated English government

  12. Colonial cities functioned primarily as:

    1. mercantile arenas for collecting agricultural goods and distributing imported manufactured items
    2. hubs to which wage earners commuted from neighboring settlements
    3. places where most poor immigrants settled and worked as independent artisans
    4. headquarters where large scale financial and banking operations were conducted

  13. The major consequence of the Revolutionary War for the Iroquois Confederacy was:

    1. unified support for the British in hopes that it would help Indians resist white settlement of their land after the war
    2. division among the tribes as some abandoned the Confederacy's traditional policy of neutrality by supporting the British against the Americans
    3. total disaster as both American and British forces attacked Iroquois villages which refused to provide military alliance
    4. insignificant because the Iroquois remained staunchly neutral and therefore were unaffected by warfare between the colonists and the British

  14. The colony that required each community of 50 or more families to provide a teacher of reading and writing was:

    1. Pennsylvania
    2. Massachusetts
    3. Virginia
    4. Maryland


  15. The message conveyed by the above political cartoon is a/an:

    1. appeal to the colonies to unify against the threat from France
    2. call for settlers to unite against various Indian tribes beyond the Appalachians
    3. plea for the colonies to unite in protest of the Stamp Act
    4. request to all colonies to send militia to help defend Boston against the advancing British troops

  16. All of the following elements were characteristic of the Southern Colonies except:

    1. widespread use of the headright system to distribute and cultivate land
    2. firm emphasis placed on orthodox religion and formal education
    3. rural territory with no large urban centers
    4. export-oriented agricultural economies in which black slaves figured prominently

  17. The major purpose of Great Britain's mercantilist policy was to:

    1. increase British prosperity
    2. protect infant industries of the new English colonies
    3. discourage other European powers from colonizing North America
    4. reduce the need for an overseas empire

  18. The argument between Great Britain and its American colonies during the 1760s and 1770s over "virtual representation" concerned:

    1. the increasing use of juryless admiralty courts in the colonies
    2. Parliament's ability to reflect colonial interests
    3. the lack of colonial participation in negotiating the Treaty of Paris
    4. patterns of legislative apportionment in the colonial assemblies

  19. In 1772, a Maryland master placed the following newspaper advertisement after Harry, his slave, ran away: "He has been seen about the Negro Quarters in Patuxent, but is supposed to have been removed among his Acquaitances on Potomack; he is also well acquainted with a Negro of Mr. Wall's named Rachael; a few miles from the Quarter is his Aunt, and he may possibly be harboured thereabouts." Of the following statements about conditions under slavery, that which is best supported by the above passage is:

    1. "slaves had no opportunity to develop their own culture and society"
    2. "slaves commonly formed settlements of their own away from the plantations"
    3. "slaves maintained social networks among kindred and friends despite forced separations"
    4. "slaves frequently associated with free black people"

  20. Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense attacked:

    1. Parliament for its continued opposition to the policies of Prime Minister George Grenville
    2. politicians who believed that a relatively small island could not effectively govern a distant continent
    3. Spain because of its failure to support the colonial war effort
    4. King George III and the general principle of monarchy

  21. The chief reason for Parliament's repeal of the Stamp Act and the Townshend duties was the:

    1. harmful effects of colonial boycotts and non-importation agreements on British commerce
    2. expectation that most of the colonial assemblies would eventually vote in favor of higher taxes to support the Crown's endeavors
    3. steadfast public demonstrations by various Sons of Liberty chapters under the leadership of such individuals as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere
    4. conviction that the colonists were on the verge of revolution

  22. Prior to successfully colonizing the New World, England defeated a major rival, and before losing many of its New World colonies, England defeated another chief adversary. The nations were:

    1. Spain, then France
    2. Portugal, then France
    3. Spain, then Holland
    4. France, then Spain

  23. The practice of Deism is:

    1. the Quaker concept of toleration which considers attempts at religious conversion to be coercion of the soul
    2. the belief that the course of each person's life is predestined by God and therefore is unchangeable by any human force
    3. an important principle of the Anglican Church which held that salvation is largely influenced by good works
    4. the theory that God created the world but allows it to operate through the laws of nature

  24. A majority of the early English migrants to the Chesapeake Bay area were:

    1. indentured servants
    2. merchants and craftsmen
    3. wealthy gentlemen
    4. entrepreneurs and businessmen

  25. Roger Williams defended liberty of conscience by reasoning that:

    1. all religions were equal in the eyes of God
    2. theological truths would emerge from the clash of ideas
    3. Puritan ideas about sin and salvation were outmoded
    4. the state was an improper and ineffectual agency in matters of the spirit

  26. By the end of the seventeenth century, women in New England:

    1. had begun to challenge their subordinate role in society
    2. formed the majority in many church congregations
    3. voted in most local elections
    4. frequently divorced their husbands

  27. The Stamp Act crisis was important in the coming of the American Revolution for all of the following reasons except:

    1. colonists demonstrated their willingness to use violence rather than legal means to frustrate British policy
    2. the crisis coincided with a British decision to garrison regular troops in various American cities
    3. colonists realized that British inflexibility made revolution virtually inevitable
    4. the British maintained that the colonies had no right to independence from parliamentary authority

  28. The true statement about the northeastern Indian tribes at the time Europeans first began colonization in the New World is:

    1. "their cultures made no clear gender distinction regarding chores and other tribal tasks"
    2. "they were remarkably congenial, rarely engaging in intertribal warfare, slavery, and plunder"
    3. "their economies were based almost entirely on hunting and gathering"
    4. "their political and linguistic differences hindered united opposition to European invasion"

  29. The thirteen colonies took advantage of Great Britain's policy of salutary neglect to:

    1. negotiate trade agreements to acquire needed products from other countries
    2. make favorable territorial settlements with the French
    3. establish religious freedom as a fundamental right
    4. introduce the practice of slavery into the New World

  30. The Halfway Covenant provided for:

    1. baptism of children of baptized but unconverted Puritans
    2. granting suffrage to non-Church members
    3. expansion of women's power within the Congregational Church
    4. bestowing full membership in the Congregational Church to all New Englanders

  31. The southern portion of England's North American colonies consisted of two seaboard regions, the Chesapeake Bay colonies of Maryland and Virginia, and the Lower South’s Carolinas (and eventually Georgia). The "tidewater" and "low country" regions differed most profoundly in:

    1. their dependence on export crops
    2. use of the headright system
    3. the existence of towns as a focal point for social life
    4. their fears of slave revolts

  32. The French-American alliance formed in 1778:

    1. influenced the British to offer generous peace terms in the Treaty of Paris in 1783
    2. allowed France to repossess its North American colonies lost in the French and Indian War
    3. was limited to naval activity along the Atlantic seaboard without deployment of ground troops
    4. actually hampered the American revolutionary cause because France's European enemies were turned away from sending military aid to the colonists

  33. The result of battles at King's Mountain, Cowpens, and Guilford Court House support the conclusion that:

    1. "the impact of various Indian tribes on the outcome of the Revolutionary War was negligible; the many tribes' lack of unity compromised their potential strength"
    2. "General George Washington's innate sense for military tactics was outstanding; the fact that he clearly and often outmaneuvered his British counterparts is extraordinary"
    3. "the French alliance was key to America's war victory; the probability that the Continental Army alone would have prevailed over the British is slight"
    4. "Great Britain's campaign in the South, initially successful, was deteriorating; the momentum was steadily shifting to the Americans"

  34. Diets, clothing, dwelling types, social norms, and customs differed among various Indian groups of North America because:

    1. the total number of inhabitants across the continent was very large
    2. all of these elements were influenced by the environment
    3. the trade system used by North American Indians was flawed
    4. many of the tribes were nomadic

  35. Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Puritan community because in addition to questioning religious orthodoxy, she also challenged the belief that:

    1. women should remain silent and submissive
    2. the Church of England needed to be purified
    3. divorce was an unforgivable sin
    4. Indians could not be baptized

  36. "The present King of Great Britain...has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws...." This protest, contained in the Declaration of Independence, referred to George III's:

    1. approval of parliamentary laws impinging on colonial self-government
    2. reliance on his appointed governors in the colonies
    3. military alliance with the King of France
    4. use of Hessian mercenaries against the colonists

  37. The Great Awakening in the American colonies in the mid-eighteenth century had all of the following consequences except:

    1. growth of institutions of higher learning to fulfill the need for more ministers to spread God's word
    2. sudden flourishing of missionary spirit as an outgrowth of more intensive religious devotion and assurance
    3. lessening of doctrinal rigor and a concomitant appreciation for the more direct experiences of faith
    4. renewed persecution of witches because of the heightened interest in the supernatural

  38. The true statement regarding colonial New England is:

    1. "life was centered in clustered villages surrounded by farmland"
    2. "the dominant religion was the Anglican Church, but it was heavily challenged by the Puritans and Quakers"
    3. "little emphasis was placed on formal education due to the remoteness of communities"
    4. "the headright system played a prominent role in the region's agrarian-based economy"

  39. The South Carolina Negro Act of 1740:

    1. denied slaves freedom of movement and assembly, and forbade them to raise their own food, earn money, and learn to read English
    2. provided severe punishments, such as whipping and hanging, for runaway slaves who participated in the Stono rebellion of 1739, the like of which was a significant problem among South Carolina plantations in the 1700s
    3. barred white men from using their power as masters to take sexual advantage of female slaves
    4. limited slave ownership based on total acreage per plantation because blacks outnumbered whites almost 2-to-1 in South Carolina

  40. The main goal(s) of the Albany Conference of 1754 was/were to:

    1. create an alliance of southern colonies to guard against potential Spanish attacks waged from Florida against Georgia and the Carolinas
    2. formulate a plan for colonies to repel uprisings, whether by western settlers displeased with policies established by colonial assemblies or frontier Indian tribes which might threaten hostility against some of the more populated eastern precincts
    3. protest the increasingly harsh Navigation Acts and warn the colonies of New England that British military action against them was a very real possibility
    4. secure the allegiance of the Iroquois Confederation and promote general colonial unity