Unit 1: Creating America - Test

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  • 1. 
    Which of the following statements about indentured servitude is true?
    • A. 

      Approximately half of all indentured servants died before earning their freedom

    • B. 

      Indentured servants were prohibited from practicing religion in any form

    • C. 

      Indentured servitude never attracted many people because its terms were too harsh

    • D. 

      Indenture servitude was one of several systems used to distinguish house slaves from field slaves

    • E. 

      Indentured servitude was the means by which most Africans came to the New World

  • 2. 
    The first important cash crop in the American colonies was...
    • A. 

      Tobacco

    • B. 

      Cotton

    • C. 

      Corn

    • D. 

      Tea

    • E. 

      Pineapples

  • 3. 
    Which set of events relate to early America is in the correct chronological order?
    • A. 

      French and Indian War, Passage of Stamp Act, Battle of Saratoga, Inauguration of George Washington

    • B. 

      Inauguration of George Washington, Passage of Stamp Act, Battle of Saratoga, French and Indian War

    • C. 

      Battle of Saratoga, French and Indian War, Passage of Stamp Act, Inauguration of George Washington

    • D. 

      Passage of Stamp Act, French and Indian War, Inauguration of George Washington, Battle of Saratoga

  • 4. 
    A major weakness of the Articles of Confederation was that they...
    • A. 

      Created a too powerful chief executive

    • B. 

      Denied the federal government the power to mediate disputes between states

    • C. 

      Made it too difficult for the government to raise money through taxes and duties

    • D. 

      Did not include a mechanism for their own amendment

  • 5. 
    The creation of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the signing of the Mayflower Compact showed that American colonist...
    • A. 

      Supported the abolition of slavery

    • B. 

      Promoted public education

    • C. 

      Practiced elements of self-government

    • D. 

      Demanded immediate independence

  • 6. 
     In the seventeenth century the Chesapeake Bay settlement expanded it territorial holdings more quickly than did the Massachusetts Bay settlement primarily because…
    • A. 

      A high birthrate and healthy environment resulted in a population boom in the Chesapeake region

    • B. 

      Massachusetts settlers were entirely uninterested in expansion

    • C. 

      Farmland in the Chesapeake area was less fertile and so more of it was needed to support sustenance farming

    • D. 

      No Native Americans lived in the Chesapeake Bay, area and the colonist were free to expand their settlements at will

    • E. 

      Farming of the chief Chesapeake export, tobacco, required a great deal of land

  • 7. 
    The Battle of Saratoga proved to be a significant turning points in the Revolutionary War because it…
    • A. 

      Exposed the weakness of American military leadership and paved the way for General George Washington to assume command of the Continental Army

    • B. 

      Meant that England would renounce all future claims to French territory in North America

    • C. 

      Was a major defeat for the rebel forces and motivated Benjamin Franklin to go to England to negotiate with the British

    • D. 

      Demonstrated to France that the Americans might win the war and subsequently led to the Franco-American Alliance of 1778

    • E. 

      Demonstrated the superiority of the British naval power, thus convincing the Americans to alter their strategy

  • 8. 
    The philosophy of mercantilism holds the economic power resides primarily in…
    • A. 

      The ability to compete successfully in free markets

    • B. 

      The ability to extend and receive credit at favorable interest rates

    • C. 

      Surplus manpower and control over raw materials

    • D. 

      Domination of slave trade and control of shipping lanes

    • E. 

      Control of hard currency and positive trade balance

  • 9. 
    The Albany Pan of Union failed because…
    • A. 

      No political leader with national stature was willing to support the plan

    • B. 

      There was no legitimate executive power to enforce it

    • C. 

      The plan required the Northeastern colonies to contribute a disproportionate share of the necessary troops and money

    • D. 

      None of the colonies were willing to share tax-collecting powers with a national entity nor agree to unite together in anyway under the plan

  • 10. 
    The original settlement in the thirteen British colonies were all located…
    • A. 

      On the Great Plains

    • B. 

      East of the Appalachian Mountains

    • C. 

      West of the Mississippi River

    • D. 

      Along the Gulf Coast

  • 11. 
    Which conclusion is best supported by the information on the time line?
    • A. 

      Britain eventually granted the colonies representation in Parliament

    • B. 

      Only elected British officials had the right to levy taxes

    • C. 

      Creation of the First Continental Congress was an immediate reaction to the passage of the Stamp Act

    • D. 

      Britain’s efforts to increase control over the colonies were not successful

  • 12. 
    Which of these events would be placed on the time line before 1763?
    • A. 

      Boston Massacre

    • B. 

      French and Indian War

    • C. 

      Battle of Saratoga

    • D. 

      Passage of the Northwest Ordinance

  • 13. 
    Historians often cite Shay’s Rebellion (1786-1787) as a significant event in US History because it…
    • A. 

      Made Americans realize that excessive taxation often leads to violence

    • B. 

      Demonstrated the strength, yet fairness, of the newly-created federal government

    • C. 

      Demonstrated the weakness of the federal government under the Articles of Confederation

    • D. 

      Made many Americans realize that slavery could not last

    • E. 

      Demonstrated class antagonism, despite the absence of a landed aristocracy

  • 14. 
    During the 1600s and 1700s, the fundamental goal of British mercantilism was to...
    • A. 

      Prohibit all exports of raw materials from the colonies

    • B. 

      Encourage economic competition with the American colonies

    • C. 

      Develop manufacturing within the colonies

    • D. 

      Maintain a favorable balance of trade for Great Britain with its colonies

  • 15. 
    The Proclamation of 1763 was issued by Great Britain after the French and Indian War primarily to...
    • A. 

      Promote colonial settlement beyond the Appalachian Mountains

    • B. 

      Limit conflict between Native American Indians and colonial settlers

    • C. 

      Encourage colonial economic ties with France

    • D. 

      Force French settlers to leave British territory

  • 16. 
    " …Small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island. In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet, and as England and America, with respect to each other, reverses the common order of nature, it is evident that they belong to different systems: England to Europe, America to itself.…"                                                                                     — Thomas Paine, Common SenseThe argument presented in this passage was intended to...
    • A. 

      Urge colonists to accept the Albany Plan of Union

    • B. 

      Provide a reason for ratification of the Constitution of the United States

    • C. 

      Convince American colonists to declare their independence

    • D. 

      Persuade France to aid the United States in the Revolutionary War

  • 17. 
    "…that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, …"                                                                                 — Declaration of Independence, 1776This passage demonstrates that Thomas Jefferson was directly influenced by the...
    • A. 

      Ideas of John Locke

    • B. 

      Goals of the Albany Plan of Union

    • C. 

      Belief in the divine right of kings

    • D. 

      Traditional separation of church and state

  • 18. 
    Colleges and universities during the colonial period were dedicated primarily to the training of...
    • A. 

      Medical Doctors

    • B. 

      Scientists

    • C. 

      Political Leaders

    • D. 

      The Clergy

    • E. 

      Farmers

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is the best explanation for why the British did not establish a powerful central government in the American colonies?
    • A. 

      The British cared little how the colonist lived so long as the colonies remained a productive economic asset.

    • B. 

      Britain feared that the colonist would rebel against any substantial government force that it established.

    • C. 

      Few members of the British elite were willing to travel to the colonies, even for the opportunity to govern.

    • D. 

      Britain .gave the colonies a large measure of autonomy as a first step in transitioning the region to independence

    • E. 

      The British were philosophically opposed to the concept of a powerful central government, either at home or abroad.

  • 20. 
    The American colonist objected the policies imposed by Parliament after the French and Indian War for all the following reasons EXCEPT...
    • A. 

      The new restrictions would hinder New England trade

    • B. 

      Their rights as Englishmen were being violated

    • C. 

      They resented quartering British troops now that the French threat was removed

    • D. 

      They believed that if they were subjected to mercantilist restrictions they should have lower tariffs

    • E. 

      They believed that only their colonial assemblies had the power to tax them, not the British Parliament

  • 21. 
    What year was the greatest decline of imports from Great Britain to the colonies? 
  • 22. 
    What is the name of the dark line shown on this map? Who created the line?
    • A. 

      Proclamation of 1763

    • B. 

      Britain

    • C. 

      Colonist

    • D. 

      France

    • E. 

      American Border

    • F. 

      Spain

  • 23. 
    This image depicts which major cause of the American Revolution?
  • 24. 
    This image shows General Washington's heroic journey of crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night and the beginning of which major American Revolutionary War battle?
    • A. 

      Battle of Trenton

    • B. 

      Battle of Saratoga

    • C. 

      Battle of Yorktown

    • D. 

      Battle of Bunker Hill

  • 25. 
    Check the advantages the colonist had in fighting the Revolutionary War. (Hint there are FOUR)
    • A. 

      Knowing the land

    • B. 

      Newer Weapons (not all but some)

    • C. 

      Drive/Fighting a defense war

    • D. 

      Numbers

    • E. 

      Tactics

    • F. 

      Economics

    • G. 

      Supplies

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