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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following is the main reason the Pilgrims wanted to leave England?

    • A.

      To escape bad treatment because of their religion

    • B.

      To find good land for their farms and towns

    • C.

      To trade with Native Americans

    • D.

      To start a new country

    Correct Answer
    A. To escape bad treatment because of their religion
    Explanation
    The main reason the Pilgrims wanted to leave England was to escape bad treatment because of their religion. They faced persecution and were not allowed to practice their faith freely. Seeking religious freedom, they set out to find a place where they could freely worship and practice their beliefs without fear of persecution. This desire for religious freedom was the driving force behind their decision to leave England and settle in the New World.

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  • 2. 

    What role did many colonial women play during the American Revolution?

    • A.

      They served as officers in the army.

    • B.

      They gave speeches to rally the people against the British.

    • C.

      They kept the farms and shops running during the war.

    • D.

      They helped to run the government while the men were away fighting.

    Correct Answer
    C. They kept the farms and shops running during the war.
    Explanation
    During the American Revolution, many colonial women played a crucial role in keeping the farms and shops running while the men were away fighting. With men away at war, women had to take on additional responsibilities to ensure that the essential tasks of farming and running businesses were carried out. They managed the day-to-day operations and made sure that the food supply and other necessary goods were maintained. This allowed the colonies to continue functioning and provided support for the war effort.

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  • 3. 

    Many historians believe that the ancestors of American Indians came from the continent of:

    • A.

      Africa

    • B.

      Asia

    • C.

      Europe

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    B. Asia
    Explanation
    Many historians believe that the ancestors of American Indians came from Asia. This belief is supported by archaeological evidence, genetic studies, and linguistic similarities between Native American languages and languages spoken in Asia. The theory suggests that these ancestors migrated across a land bridge called Beringia, which connected modern-day Siberia and Alaska during the last Ice Age. This migration is estimated to have occurred around 15,000 to 20,000 years ago, making Asia the most likely continent from which American Indians originated.

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  • 4. 

    Before the American Revolution, most American colonists earned a living by:

    • A.

      Shopkeeping

    • B.

      Farming

    • C.

      Trapping

    • D.

      Fishing

    Correct Answer
    B. Farming
    Explanation
    Before the American Revolution, most American colonists earned a living by farming. This was the primary occupation for the majority of colonists as agriculture was essential for their survival and economic stability. Farming provided them with food, raw materials for trade, and a source of income. The colonists relied heavily on cultivating crops and raising livestock to sustain themselves and their communities. Additionally, farming was deeply ingrained in the colonial culture and way of life, with many colonists passing down their agricultural practices from generation to generation.

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  • 5. 

    Many things changed for African-Americans in the South after the Civil War. One important change was that:  

    • A.

      Many African-Americans left the South to return to Africa.

    • B.

      Many African-Americans started their own plantations.

    • C.

      Several southern states had African-American governors.

    • D.

      African-American slaves gained their freedom.

    Correct Answer
    D. African-American slaves gained their freedom.
    Explanation
    After the Civil War, African-American slaves gained their freedom. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln in 1863, declared that all slaves in Confederate-held territory were to be set free. This marked a significant change for African-Americans in the South, as they were no longer legally considered property and could now make choices about their own lives and futures. While many challenges and inequalities persisted, the abolition of slavery was a crucial step towards the establishment of civil rights for African-Americans.

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