Early Republic Trivia Questions Quiz

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Early Republic Trivia Questions Quiz

Have you ever wondered how America started? The early republic is a good reminder of what our founding fathers had intended it to be. This quiz will tell you who founded the world’s first anti-slavery society, the outcome for Caucasian women due to the Revolution, what the Articles of Confederation were, what Shay’s Rebellion was, etc. If you are exploring for information on the early republic, this is the quiz for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The world's first antislavery society was founded by
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson.

    • B. 

      Quakers in Philadelphia.

    • C. 

      Puritans in New England.

    • D. 

      Catholics in Maryland.

    • E. 

      The Congregational church.

  • 2. 
    The most important outcome of the Revolution for white women was that they
    • A. 

      Permanently gained the right to vote.

    • B. 

      Were allowed to serve in the national legislature.

    • C. 

      Were elevated as special keepers of the nation's conscience.

    • D. 

      Finally gained fully equal status with white males.

    • E. 

      Were given the right to vote in some states.

  • 3. 
    One reason that the United States avoided the frightful excesses of the French Revolution is that
    • A. 

      America declared martial law until the Constitution was enacted in 1789.

    • B. 

      The American Revolution suddenly overturned the entire political framework.

    • C. 

      Cheap land was easily available.

    • D. 

      Political democracy preceded economic democracy.

    • E. 

      A strong sense of class consciousness already existed.

  • 4. 
    The Articles of Confederation left Congress unable to
    • A. 

      Organize development of the western lands.

    • B. 

      Deal with foreign affairs.

    • C. 

      Apportion state representation equally.

    • D. 

      Enforce a tax-collection program.

    • E. 

      Establish a postal service.

  • 5. 
    The Northwest Ordinance of 1787
    • A. 

      Provided for the survey and sale of public lands in the Old Northwest.

    • B. 

      Established a procedure for governing the Old Northwest territory.

    • C. 

      Banned slavery from all territories of the United States.

    • D. 

      Cleared the way for ratification of the Articles of Confederation.

    • E. 

      Gave control over land to the territories in which they were located.

  • 6. 
    Shays's Rebellion was provoked by
    • A. 

      Fear that the Articles of Confederation had created too strong a national government for the United States.

    • B. 

      Efforts by wealthy merchants to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new constitution.

    • C. 

      A quarrel over the boundary between Massachusetts and Vermont.

    • D. 

      Foreclosures on the mortgages of backcountry farmers.

    • E. 

      The government's failure to pay bonuses to Revolutionary War veterans.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following Revolutionary leaders was NOT present at the Constitutional Convention?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin

    • C. 

      James Madison

    • D. 

      George Washington

    • E. 

      Alexander Hamilton

  • 8. 
    The delegate whose contributions to the Philadelphia Convention were so notable that he has been called the “Father of the Constitution” was
    • A. 

      George Washington.

    • B. 

      Benjamin Franklin.

    • C. 

      James Madison.

    • D. 

      Thomas Jefferson.

  • 9. 
    The Great Compromise at the Constitutional Convention worked out an acceptable scheme for
    • A. 

      Regulating interstate commerce.

    • B. 

      Levying taxes for raising a militia.

    • C. 

      Apportioning congressional representation.

    • D. 

      Electing the president.

    • E. 

      Choosing Senators.

  • 10. 
    Under the Constitution, the president of the United States was to be elected by a majority vote of the
    • A. 

      General public.

    • B. 

      Senate.

    • C. 

      Electoral College.

    • D. 

      House of Representatives.

    • E. 

      State legislatures.

  • 11. 
    Among other views, The Federalist, written during the ratification debate, argued that it was
    • A. 

      Impossible to safeguard the rights of states from the power of a strong central government.

    • B. 

      Possible to extend a republican form of government over a large territory.

    • C. 

      Inevitable that slavery would be abolished in the new republic.

    • D. 

      Illegal to replace the Articles of Confederation with a new constitution.

    • E. 

      Best to establish a direct democracy.

  • 12. 
    The__________ Amendment might rightly be called the “states' rights” amendment.
  • 13. 
    Alexander Hamilton's financial program for the economic development of the United States favored
    • A. 

      Agricultural interests.

    • B. 

      Trade with France.

    • C. 

      The wealthier class.

    • D. 

      The poor.

    • E. 

      The middle class.

  • 14. 
    Hamilton believed that, together, his funding and assumption programs would
    • A. 

      Gain the monetary and political support of the rich for the federal government.

    • B. 

      Restore the principles of state sovereignty.

    • C. 

      Be the quickest way to pay off the national debt.

    • D. 

      Guarantee the fairest treatment of the original holders of government bonds.

    • E. 

      Keep taxes low and therefore create a feeling of loyalty to the new federal government.

  • 15. 
    Alexander Hamilton's financial plan for strengthening the economy and bolstering national credit proposed all of the following except
    • A. 

      Funding the national debt.

    • B. 

      Assuming state debts.

    • C. 

      Abolishing tariffs.

    • D. 

      Establishing a national bank.

    • E. 

      A low protective wall around infant industries.

  • 16. 
    Hamilton expected that the revenue to pay the interest on the national debt would come from
    • A. 

      Sales taxes and licensing fees.

    • B. 

      Customs duties and excise tax.

    • C. 

      Income and property taxes.

    • D. 

      Western land sales and foreign loans.

    • E. 

      Foreign aid.

  • 17. 
    The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 arose in southwestern Pennsylvania when the federal government
    • A. 

      Levied an excise tax on whiskey.

    • B. 

      Tried to prohibit the sale of whiskey.

    • C. 

      Allowed the import of foreign whiskey.

    • D. 

      Halted the export of American whiskey.

    • E. 

      Tried to prohibit the manufacturing of whiskey.

  • 18. 
    Hamilton's position on the war between Britain and France in 1793 was primarily influenced by
    • A. 

      His commitment to the Franco-American alliance of 1778.

    • B. 

      The threat of British naval action against the American coast.

    • C. 

      The national government's dependence on customs collections for revenue.

    • D. 

      His personal commitment to democratic government as a world ideal.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 19. 
    In Jay's Treaty, the British
    • A. 

      Pledged to stop seizing American ships.

    • B. 

      Released Americans from their pre-Revolutionary War debt obligations to British merchants.

    • C. 

      Promised to evacuate the chain of forts in the Old Northwest.

    • D. 

      Refused to pay damages for seizures of American ships.

    • E. 

      Were denied most favored nation status.

  • 20. 
    Jay's Treaty contained all of the following provisions except
    • A. 

      A British promise to evacuate its chain of forts on U.S. soil.

    • B. 

      British consent to pay damages for the recent seizure of American ships.

    • C. 

      That Americans were bound to pay debts still owed to British merchants on pre-Revolutionary accounts.

    • D. 

      No promise by the British to pay for future seizure of American ships.

    • E. 

      A promise by the British to stop selling arms to the Indians.

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