The American Revolution, 1775-1783

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  • 1. 
    The purpose of the First Continental Congress was to:   
    • A. 

      Consider ways of redressing colonial grievances

    • B. 

      Become a legislative body

    • C. 

      Write the Declaration of Independence

    • D. 

      Decide which of Parliament's taxes the colonies would and would not pay

    • E. 

      Eliminate pro-revolutionary activity

  • 2. 
    As the War for Independence began, Britain had the advantage of:
    • A. 

      Political and diplomatic unity throughout Europe

    • 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 in North America

    • E. 

      Overwhelming national wealth and naval power

  • 3. 
    As the War for Independence began, the colonies had the advantage of:
    • A. 

      Highly reliable and well-supplied troops

    • B. 

      Potential aid from the France and Spain

    • C. 

      A well-organized, strongly committed, and united population

    • D. 

      Many outstanding civil and military leaders

    • E. 

      An alliance with Canada

  • 4. 
    The colonists faced all of the following weaknesses in the War for Independence EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Poor organization

    • B. 

      Sectional jealousy, which constantly interfered with the appointment of military leaders

    • C. 

      Great difficulties in raising money to support the army

    • D. 

      The use of numerous European officers

    • E. 

      A strong Loyalist population in some states

  • 5. 
    African Americans during the Revolutionary War:
    • A. 

      Fought for both the Americans and the British

    • B. 

      Fought only for the British

    • C. 

      Fought only for the Americans

    • D. 

      Supported neither side, as both enslaved them

    • E. 

      Formed wide-scale alliances with Indian groups

  • 6. 
    The Declaration of Independence did all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Invoke the natural rights of humankind to justify revolt

    • B. 

      Catalog the tyrannical actions of King George III

    • C. 

      Argue that royal tyranny justified revolt

    • D. 

      Fail to blame George III for slavery

    • E. 

      Blame the colonies' problems on the British Parliament

  • 7. 
    Britain’s generous terms to America in the Treaty of Paris (1783) can best be explained by the fact that Britain:
    • A. 

      Realized that they had been beaten badly

    • B. 

      Wanted to help Spain as well

    • C. 

      Had changed from Whig to Tory

    • D. 

      Were trying to persuade America to abandon its alliance with France

    • E. 

      No longer desired to maintain a new world empire

  • 8. 
    Concerning the provisions of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which formally ended the Revolution:
    • A. 

      America faithfully adhered to each one

    • B. 

      France was pleased with the results

    • C. 

      America broke the assurances regarding treatment of the Loyalists

    • D. 

      Spain gained all it wanted

    • E. 

      America gave England more than it received in return

  • 9. 
    France failed to provide open assistance to America until after the Battle of Saratoga because the French:
    • A. 

      Had a new government in power that favored assistance

    • B. 

      Had nothing to give the colonies before that time

    • C. 

      Thought the colonists' chances of winning slim before the victory

    • D. 

      Had previously considered an alliance with Britain

    • E. 

      Were forced to wait for Spain’s approval

  • 10. 
    After the Americans scored a significant win at Yorktown:
    • A. 

      The fighting continued for more than a year

    • B. 

      The war ended within a month

    • C. 

      The French withdrew their assistance as it was no longer needed

    • D. 

      King George III decided to end the struggle

    • E. 

      The French decided to provide military aid for the first time

  • 11. 
    The Franco-American alliance allowed the new nation to:
    • A. 

      Gain access to large sums of money

    • B. 

      Double the size of their fighting forces

    • C. 

      Avail themselves of French naval strength

    • D. 

      Improve the morale of the Continental Army

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    The most significant result 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 to a newly prestigious role as special keepers of the nation's conscience

    • D. 

      Finally gained fully equal status with white males

    • E. 

      Were allowed to serve in several state legislatures

  • 13. 
    Shays' Rebellion led many of the Founding Fathers to believe the nation needed:
    • A. 

      Lower taxes

    • B. 

      Granting long-delayed bonuses to Revolutionary War veterans

    • C. 

      A vigilante effort by westerners to halt the Indian threat

    • D. 

      A stronger central government

    • E. 

      The vote for women

  • 14. 
    The relationship between the thirteen states under the Articles of Confederation:
    • A. 

      Completely unified the states

    • B. 

      Was good economically but poor politically

    • C. 

      Led to a single currency for all states

    • D. 

      Led to frequent political and economic disputes

    • E. 

      Ended trade disputes

  • 15. 
    One of the initial sparks that caused Shay’s Rebellion was:
    • A. 

      Fear that the Articles of Confederation government was too strong

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      A quarrel over the boundary between Massachusetts and Maine

    • D. 

      Foreclosures on the mortgages of backcountry farmers in rural Massachusetts

    • E. 

      A need for more protection against Indian attacks on the frontier

  • 16. 
    The egalitarian nature of the American Revolution accomplished all of the following EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      The reduction of property qualifications for voting by most states

    • B. 

      The growth of trade organizations for artisans and laborers

    • C. 

      The establishment of the world's first antislavery society

    • D. 

      Full equality between white women and men

    • E. 

      The end of established churches in several states

  • 17. 
    The debate between the proponents and opponents of the Articles of Confederation focused on how to:
    • A. 

      Balance states' rights and strong national government

    • B. 

      Provide equality for new states entering the Union

    • C. 

      Abolish slavery yet preserve national unity

    • D. 

      Balance the power of legislative and executive branches of government

    • E. 

      Limit the power of the national judiciary

  • 18. 
    One of the most enlightened provisions of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787:
    • A. 

      Set aside a section of each township for education

    • B. 

      Abolished slavery in all of the United States

    • C. 

      Prohibited slavery in the Old Northwest

    • D. 

      Kept power in the national government

    • E. 

      Established the concept of judicial review

  • 19. 
    Unanimous approval of the Articles of Confederation was achieved when:
    • A. 

      A compromise on slavery was reached

    • B. 

      States gave up their right to establish tariffs

    • C. 

      All states claiming western lands surrendered them to the national government

    • D. 

      The states gave up their power to print money

    • E. 

      Three co-equal branches of government were established

  • 20. 
    Major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation included:
    • A. 

      The lack of an effective executive branch

    • B. 

      The lack of a national judiciary

    • C. 

      The inability to raise taxes

    • D. 

      The inability to raise an army

    • E. 

      All of the above

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