American Revolution Test Practice

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American Revolution Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    Before 1763, The American colonies had been
    • A. 

      Ruled with a firm hand by Parliament.

    • B. 

      Left mostly alone to govern themselves.

    • C. 

      Heavily taxed by British government

    • D. 

      Denied religious freedom by the king.

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Reduced colonists' need for protection against the French in Canada.

    • B. 

      Opened the Ohio Valley to settlement by removing Native Americans.

    • C. 

      Led Parliament to tax the colonies to help pay off Britain's war debt.

    • D. 

      Greatly expanded Britain's empire in North America.

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      Triggered wars between Indian groups.

    • B. 

      Caused colonists to fear the continual British restrictions to their rights.

    • C. 

      Sparked a boycott of British goods.

    • D. 

      Led riots into colonial cities.

  • 4. 
    What upset American colonists most about the Stamp Act?
    • A. 

      Colonists did not want to pay taxes to keep British troops in the colonies.

    • B. 

      The Stamp Act raised the price of paper goods sold in the colonies.

    • C. 

      Colonies believed Parliament had no right to tax the colonies

    • D. 

      Parliament had not warned the colonies about the new stamp act in advance.

  • 5. 
    The Townshend Act and the Tea Act were
    • A. 

      Opposed as "taxation without representation" by most colonists.

    • B. 

      Approved by most Patriots, but opposed by most Loyalists.

    • C. 

      Failures because they raised the price of goods to high for the colonists to buy.

    • D. 

      Accepted and obeyed by all but a few hotheads in Boston

  • 6. 
    The Boston Massacre was a 
    • A. 

      Smallpox epidemic that killed a large number of Native Americans.

    • B. 

      Noisy protests against the Stamp Act by the Sons of Liberty in Boston.

    • C. 

      Fierce battle that took place in Boston during the French and Indian War.

    • D. 

      Deadly riot between colonists and British troops stationed in Boston.

  • 7. 
    The Intolerable Acts (two answers are correct)
    • A. 

      Forced the colonies to give in to Britain.

    • B. 

      Closed Boston harbor and restricted colonial government.

    • C. 

      Divided the colonies against each other.

    • D. 

      Turned the colonies against Boston

  • 8. 
    Who did John Adams nominate to be the Commander-in-Cheif of the Continental Army?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      King George the 3rd

    • C. 

      George Washington

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 9. 
    Why did General Putnam (or General Prescott) order, "Don't Fire until you see the whites of their eyes"?
    • A. 

      He knew the British soldiers often wore glasses.

    • B. 

      He wanted to make sure each shot was as effective as possible.

    • C. 

      He wanted the patriots to pay for their treason.

    • D. 

      He knew that the Redcoats were all White soldiers.

  • 10. 
    Where did the Continental Congress meet on May 10, 1775?
    • A. 

      Boston

    • B. 

      Philadelphia

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Washington D.C.

  • 11. 
    The petition sent by Congress to ask King George to end their quarrel was called the                                             ?
    • A. 

      Olive Branch Petition

    • B. 

      Declaration of Independence

    • C. 

      Bill of Rights

    • D. 

      King's Act

  • 12. 
    The pamphlet that helped persuade Colonists that independence was necessary, and a key to the future was called?
    • A. 

      The Quibbler

    • B. 

      Tar and Feathers

    • C. 

      The Tyranny of King George

    • D. 

      Common Sense

  • 13. 
    Who wrote Common Sense in 1776?
    • A. 

      John Adams

    • B. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • C. 

      Thomas Paine

    • D. 

      George Washington

  • 14. 
    The gist of Common Sense is that if a government denies a people basic rights then,
    • A. 

      Fire will rain from the sky

    • B. 

      The people have the right to form new government

    • C. 

      The government should stay the same

    • D. 

      The people should leave

  • 15. 
    Who drafted the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      George Washington

    • C. 

      John Adams

    • D. 

      Benjamin Franklin

  • 16. 
    • A. 

      The King's authority came from God

    • B. 

      The Patriots had no money to start a new country

    • C. 

      The Indians would kill them without King George's protection

    • D. 

      They loved the King

  • 17. 
    Where did the British troops and Loyalists go when they abandoned Boston?
    • A. 

      Canada

    • B. 

      South Carolina

    • C. 

      England

    • D. 

      New York

  • 18. 
    What best describes the purpose of writing the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      To insult the King and make him feel bad

    • B. 

      To explain why the colonies should separate from Britain

    • C. 

      To begin a boycott

    • D. 

      To say no one has more authority than God

  • 19. 
    What are the three rights explicitly mentioned in the Declaration of Independence?
    • A. 

      Love, Liberty and Freedom

    • B. 

      Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

    • C. 

      Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

    • D. 

      Justice, Representation and Liberty

  • 20. 
    What type of government was the Declaration of Independence and attempt to start?
    • A. 

      Monarchy

    • B. 

      Anarchy

    • C. 

      Kleptocracy

    • D. 

      Democracy

  • 21. 
    The Declaration of Independence was written to explain
    • A. 

      Why the colonists thought "taxation without representation" was unfair.

    • B. 

      What Britain needed to do to win back the loyalty of the colonies.

    • C. 

      Why it was time for the colonies to separate from Great Britain

    • D. 

      What other nations could do to help the colonies win their freedom.

  • 22. 
    The Declaration of Independence states that all people are born with certain rights that include the 
    • A. 

      Right to elect leaders who represent the people.

    • B. 

      Rights to speak freely and to worship in peace.

    • C. 

      Right to feel safe and secure in one's home.

    • D. 

      Right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

  • 23. 
    The purpose of the Olive Branch Petition was to persuade 
    • A. 

      British troops to leave Boston

    • B. 

      Parliament to repeal the stamp act

    • C. 

      King George to make peace with the colonies

    • D. 

      Volunteers to join the Continental Army

  • 24. 
    The Magna Carta, Which was signed by King John in 1215, made it clear that
    • A. 

      Only Parliament had the power to impose taxes.

    • B. 

      The people had the right to petition the government

    • C. 

      Even the King of England must Obey law

    • D. 

      The king did not have to share power with anyone

  • 25. 
    The English Bill of rights was Important to the colonists because it
    • A. 

      Spelled out the rights they had as english citizens

    • B. 

      Gave them the right to elect members of the parliament

    • C. 

      Defined crimes and punishments for the colonists

    • D. 

      Endend the king's power to appoint colonial governors.