The American Revolutionary War Quiz

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American Revolution Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The radical whigs feared
    • A. 

      Too much democracy

    • B. 

      A written constitution

    • C. 

      The arbitrary power of the monarchy

    • D. 

      A too powerful government

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    Under mercantilist doctrine, the American colonies were expected to do all of the following except
    • A. 

      Supply Britain with raw materials not available there.

    • B. 

      Become economically self-sufficient as soon as possible.

    • C. 

      Furnish ships, seamen, and trade to bolster the strength of the Royal Navy.

    • D. 

      Provide a market for British manufactured goods.

    • E. 

      Refrain from exporting woolen cloth.

  • 3. 
    The British Parliament enacted currency legislation that was intended primarily to benefit
    • A. 

      Virginia tobacco planters.

    • B. 

      British merchants.

    • C. 

      New England merchants.

    • D. 

      Backwoods farmers.

    • E. 

      The Crown.

  • 4. 
    Despite the benefits of the mercantile system, the American colonists disliked it because
    • A. 

      It forced the South into a one-crop economy.

    • B. 

      It favored the northern over the southern colonies.

    • C. 

      It forced economic initiative on the colonists.

    • D. 

      It kept them in a state of perpetual economic adolescence.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
    The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to
    • A. 

      Raise money to support new military forces needed for colonial defense.

    • B. 

      Punish the American colonists.

    • C. 

      Reduce the number of printed documents in America.

    • D. 

      Enable tax collectors to become wealthy.

    • E. 

      Raise taxes to a higher level than in Britain.

  • 6. 
    Colonists objected to the Stamp Act because
    • A. 

      It was a very expensive tax.

    • B. 

      They believed it could not be repealed.

    • C. 

      Parliament passed the tax, not the colonists.

    • D. 

      They opposed all taxes.

    • E. 

      They wanted their independence.

  • 7. 
    As a result of American opposition to the Townshend Acts,
    • A. 

      British officials sent regiments of troops to Boston to restore law and order.

    • B. 

      The port of Boston was closed.

    • C. 

      Americans killed several British soldiers in the Boston Massacre.

    • D. 

      Parliament repealed all of the taxes levied under this legislation.

    • E. 

      Prime Minister Townshend was forced to resign.

  • 8. 
    The First Continental Congress
    • A. 

      Was attended by delegates from each of the thirteen colonies.

    • B. 

      Adopted a moderate proposal for establishing a kind of home rule for the colonies under British direction.

    • C. 

      Made a ringing declaration of America's independence from Britain.

    • D. 

      Called for a complete boycott of British goods.

    • E. 

      Adjourned shortly after convening

  • 9. 
    As the War for Independence began, Britain had the advantage of
    • A. 

      Overwhelming national wealth and naval power.

    • B. 

      An alliance with Spain and Holland.

    • C. 

      A well-organized and united home government and population.

    • D. 

      First-rate generals and a well-supplied professional army.

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    All of the following were weaknesses of the British military during the War for Independence except
    • A. 

      Second-rate officers.

    • B. 

      Soldiers who were incapable of fighting effectively.

    • C. 

      The need to keep many soldiers in Europe in case of trouble.

    • D. 

      The long supply lines.

    • E. 

      Brutal treatment of their soldiers.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following fates befell Loyalists after the Revolutionary War?
    • A. 

      Some fled to England.

    • B. 

      Some re-established themselves in America.

    • C. 

      Some had their property confiscated.

    • D. 

      Some were exiled.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 12. 
    Many Whigs in Britain hoped for an American victory in the War for Independence because they
    • A. 

      Favored French domination of North America.

    • B. 

      Were strongly pacifist.

    • C. 

      Feared that if George III triumphed, his rule at home might become tyrannical.

    • D. 

      Rejected colonialism.

    • E. 

      Opposed the mercantilist system.

  • 13. 
    Some Indian nations joined the British during the Revolutionary War because
    • A. 

      The British threatened them with destruction if they did not help

    • B. 

      They believed a British victory would restrain American expansion into the West

    • C. 

      The British hired them as mercenaries

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 14. 
    Match each act below with the correct description             a. Sugar Act               1. Fist British law intended to raise revenues in the colonies             b. Stamp Act              2. Asserted Parliament’s absolute power over the colonies             c. Declaratory Act       3. Required colonists to lodge British troops in their homes.                                               4. generated the most protest in the colonies.
    • A. 

      A-3, B-2, C-1

    • B. 

      A-1, B-4, C-3

    • C. 

      A-1, B-4, C-2

    • D. 

      A-4, B-1, C-2

  • 15. 
    The inflammatory pamphlet that demanded independence and heaped scorn on "The Royal Brute of Great Britain"
  • 16. 
    Term for the alliance of Catherine the Great of Russia and other European powers who did not declare war but assumed a hostile neutrality toward Britain
  • 17. 
    "Legalized pirates", more than a thousand strong, who inflicted heavy damage on British shipping
  • 18. 
    Brilliant American general who invaded Canada, foiled Burgoyne's invasion, and in 1780 betrayed his country (first and last name or last name or first name)
  • 19. 
    The Treaty of Paris in 1783 stipulated
    • A. 

      British recognition of American Independence

    • B. 

      Establishment of the boundaries of the new United States from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River between the Great Lakes and Spanish Florida

    • C. 

      That Americans allow British collection of prewar debts from coloinists

    • D. 

      All of these choices are correct

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      The Anglican church had less influence in South Carolina than it did in Maryland

    • B. 

      There were fewer Scotch-Irish in South Carolina than there were in Maryland

    • C. 

      South Carolina had a lower percentage of tenant farmers than did Maryland

    • D. 

      The South Carolina population had a much higher percentage of blacks than Maryland did.