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1. At the time of the Revolution ___% of Americans were younger than 16

a. 70% b. 50%  c. 20%  d. 30%

2. The people involved in the ‘Boston Massacre’ were

a. poor and they wanted change  b. crushed by English taxes  c. wanted protection from the Indians 

d. believed in Locke’s concept of social justice

3.  The Revolution may have started in New England because

a. its was more affected by British measures  b. it had the fewest Loyalists  c.  it was closest to the sea and Englandd. it was the home state of George Washington

4. Which is NOT true of British actions in the American colonies?

a. they lowered the price of tea  b. they lowered the tax on sugar

c. they asked the American colonies to pay for 1/3 the cost of their defense

d. the taxes on stamps affected only a minority of Americans

e. they encouraged Americans to take Indian land

5. Before 1773, when the Americans complained and protested taxes, the British usually

a. sent troops to enforce tax collection  b. reduced or cancelled the taxes  c. increased the taxes

d. invited American representatives to London

6. During the Revolutionary War, some American farmers

a. joined the Indians.  b. emigrated to Canada  c. got jobs in factories  d. sold food to the British

7. The first big  American Patriot victory in the Revolutionary War was

a. Saratoga  b. Monogahela  c. Bunker Hill  d. Breed’s Hill

8. British attacks during the Revolutionary War often failed because of

a. poor coordination  b. insufficient force  c. lack of weapons  d. Patriot spies  e. Patriot heroism

9. Americans who actively supported independence during the  Revolutionary War were around

a. 90%  b. 75%  c. 5%  d. 35%  e. 10%

10. Americans who did NOT support independence were called

a. revolutionaries  b. firebrands  c. loyalists  d. deists

11. France’s help to America during the  Revolutionary War was

a. naval power  b. loans  c. guns  d. soldiers  e. all of these

12. American Patriot soldiers during the  Revolutionary War were

a. well paid and well fed  b.  usually from the middle class  c. only white  d. mainly from the lower classes

13. Most Native Americans during the Revolutionary War

a. supported the American Patriots because they also hated George IIIb. supported the French 

c.  remained neutral and did not help either the British or the American Patriots 

d. fought against the American Patriots to save their lands

14. A majority of slaves during the Revolutionary War

a. joined the British army  b. supported the American Patriots, hoping for freedom after the war

c. escaped to join the Indians in the Florida Everglades  d. remained enslaved without change

15. The final battle of the War, Yorktown in 1781 was won when

a. American and French forces surrounded the British by land and sea

b. General Washington reconquered New York  c. British king George III died

d. a massive hurricane destroyed most of the British fleet


1. How did colonial society change between 1620 and 1720 ?

a. there was usually more democracy and citizen’s rights (apart from slaves and natives)

b. the British government gradually gave more and more control to the colonies

c. there was usually less equality as people that arrived earlier controlled power and land

d. slowly farming became less important and a majority of colonists worked in industry

2. Why was there more and more war between Natives and British colonists in the 1600s?

a. the Indians were angry about the British selling alcohol  b. the Indians were angry about British efforts to convert them to Christianity  c. larger and larger numbers of British settlers taking Indian land

d. the natives were unable to tolerate disgusting warm British beer

3. Why were Natives fighting each other more and more in the 1600s and 1700s?

a. they were being pushed into each other by the Europeans and were competing for dwindling fur

b. large numbers of natives converted to Christianity and became involved in religious combat

c. the natives saw from the British fighting the French and Dutch that only war would give them power

d. they decided that only teamwork would give them a chance of resisting the Europeans

5. What  does the phrase ‘Salutary Neglect’ refer to in American History?

a. the bad treatment of Native Americans  b. the favoritism shown to the Carribean colonies by the British crownc. Britain’s ‘forgetting’ America during the chaos of the mid-1600s

d. the focus on trade that caused royal governors to ignore American farmers

6. The economy of the New England colonies

a. attracted the largest number of immigrants of any region

b. was based on agriculture and trade with Indians

c. was based on shipbuilding, fishing, and trade with Carribean islands

d. depended on slave labor to produce products

e. exported manufactured goods to England

 7. What were the Navigation Acts?

 a. English regulations that told Americans what, where and how they could sell or buy merchandise

 b. English regulations that forced American ship captains to improve safety aboard their vessels

 c. English regulations that mapped out the exact routes ships would take across the Atlantic

 d. English regulations that forced unemployed Americans to become sailors

  8. The most important fact about eighteenth-century colonial America was its

a. economic underdevelopment  b. shortage of available land  c. very high population growth.

d. level of violence.

9. The Seven Years’ War in America broke out over

a.  land in Massachusetts.  b.  land in the Ohio Valley  c. religious differences.  d. trade policies

 10. The region of least economic growth during the 1700s was

a. the Middle Colonies  b. New England  c. the South  d. New York

 11. Which of these is NOT a reason why many colonists went to the frontier?

a. the good land near the coast was expensive  b. they were searching for adventure and treasure

 c. it was impossible to compete with slaves for jobs  d. much land had been ‘burned-out’

 12. Which of these was NOT a common characteristic of American frontier settlers

 a. disliked Native Americans  b. well-educated  c. took land without paying

 d. disliked easterners  e. hunted and cut down trees

13.Who were the ‘REGULATORS’?

 a. English tax collectors sent to America  b. frontier people who rebelled against the eastern elites

 c. religious American settlers who wanted to reach a fair compromise with Native Americans

 d. Native Americans who rejected European things such as guns and iron


1. The Patriots funded their rebellion against Britain with loans from France and Holland, but also with

a. silver or gold borrowed from ordinary Americans  b.  gold that had been discovered in what later became Kentucky

c. stock certificates sold in London  d. Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry sold their land

2. During the war and for several years after Yorktown,  America was governed by

a. George Washington  b. the Stamp Act Congress

c. the Philadelphia Convention  d. the Articles of Confederation

 3. Which of these is NOT true of the first American government?

 a. had 2, not 1 president  b. it could not directly get tax money from the people

 c. each of the 13 states could veto its decisionsd. it had little authority over trade

4.What is NOT a reason why the economy of the new, independent USA was bad after the war ended?

a.  the huge loss of life during the fighting reduced consumer demand  b. spending for war was cut back

c. USA lost access to British markets  d. newly independent state governments taxed Americans

5.What happened to many Americans who had lent their hard-earned gold and silver to the Patriot cause?

a. the British government generously accepted the bonds at face value  b. they sold the bonds to natives

c. short of money, they sold them for a fraction of their value  d. they all kept their bonds and eventually tripled their money

 6. Shay’s Rebellion (Massachusetts, 1786-7)  was caused by

 a. high British taxes  b.  Indian attacksc. high American taxes  d.  English attacks

 7. The US Constitution was created partly because of

 a. Shay’s Rebellion and economic chaosb. huge Native American attacks

 c. low British taxes  d. tariffs that were too high and too many cheap English goods

 8.  The majority of the 55 people who secretly wrote the US Constitution were

 a. governors  b. soldiersc. lawyers d. printers  e. priests

 9.  40 of the 55 people who secretly wrote the US Constitution had

 a. huge southern plantations  b. large numbers of slaves

 c. American bond holdings  d. big New England factories

 10. Which of these was NOT a benefit of the US Constitution for its rich 55 creators

 a. creation of a central bank  b. authority to recapture escaped slaves

 c. slaves, though exploited and powerless, are counted in the US census so their states get more power

 d. strong authority created to collect taxes  e. importation of more slaves is immediately forbidden

11.Transforming the secret plan (the Constitution) into law by voting in the 13 states was

made easier by all of these factors EXCEPT:

a. anti-Federalist groups were large, disorganized and surprised  b. Federalist groups were small, rich, organized and united

c. Federalists agreed to add the Bill of Rights to the Constitution  d. slowing down the voting process as much as possible

e. Federalists controled or influenced the newspapers

12.The ONLY TIME that the Constitution was voted on by more than a few hundred people, in a more open vote, 

the result was

a. a huge victory for the pro-Constitution, Federalists  b. a narrow victory for the pro-Constitution, Federalists

c. a huge defeat for the pro-Constitution, Federalists  d. a narrow defeat for the anti-Constitution, Anti-Federalists

 13. During 32 of it first 36 years, the USA was led by presidents who owned these

 a. wheat farms  b. slaves  c. merchant companies  d. canal enterprises

 14. Under the new Constitution, American citizens, IF they were male, old enough, and had property could vote for

 a. President  b. Senators  c. Representatives  d. all of these

 15. In the first US presidential election in 1789, less than 39,000 people (or 1 person out of 100) voted


 16. According to Alexander Hamilton, the federal government should

a  a. help economic diversification and development b. extend democracy

c  c. redistribute personal wealth  d. provide for public welfare

 17. Which of Hamilton’s proposals was attacked by Jefferson and Madison as being unconstitutional?

 a. tax on whiskey  b. creation of a bankc. protective tariffsd. US government assuming state debts

 18. When the US leaders suddenly decided to buy back its bonds from speculators, they got the $$$ from

 a. the Britishb. gold from the Indians  c. taxing farmer’s whiskey  d. Holland

 19. The US Constitution does not specifically give the government the right to create and run a BANK


 20. “I sincerely believe … that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of  

 spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale”  

 Who said it?

 a. John Adams  b. Thomas Jefferson  c. George Washington  d. John Wayne  e. Patrick Henry

 21. A very prominent American politician from Virginia was at first against the Bank of the USA, but suddenly changed his  

 mind and voted for it in 1790 when…

 a. Benjamin Franklin proved mathematically the enormous benefits of banking for the US

b. War with Great Britain again resumed and required large amounts of money

c. Hamilton agreed to build the home city of the Federal Government (Washington DC) in Virginia

d. Hamilton threatened to reveal the hours he spent on the ‘Neopets’ website

22. Originally, the US Constitution did not guarantee people freedom of speech, etc; the Bill of Rights was added later 

when people complained

 a. TRUE  b. FALSE

23. Which of these is NOT TRUE about the NorthWest Ordinance of 1787?

a. slavery in the US would end in 1820  b. new states would be created

c. speculators would buy huge amounts of land cheap  d. there would be war with the Indians

24. Southern states supported the power of the new government to tax foreign goods in exchange for

a. keeping slavery  b. paying Southern debts  c. peace with France  d. putting the national capital in Virginia

25. New England wanted a tariff to

a. help sell British goods  b. increase their factory profitsc. reduce competition from New York  

d. reduce slavery

26. For Hamilton and the Federalists, creating a bank and paying off US debt was important for

making America strong, and perhaps also because

a. they had bought up much of this debt for pennies on the dollar

b. the British had bribed the Federalists to pay off the debts

c. strongly religious, they viewed any contract as sacred d. most of the debt was owed to Indians

27. Policy of the new American federal government towards Indians caused

a. waves of settlers, protected by the army, to gradually push tribes off their land

b. use of the US army to systematically exterminate the tribes

c. reservation of small, but high quality lands for the tribes

d. purchasing of tribal land by the US government at fair prices

28.  â€˜Assumption’ a move by the Federal Government to ‘glue’ the nation together was

a. paying Federal AND state bond debts  b.  paying Federal, state debts and debts to Nativesc. ratifying the Constitution  d.  Peace with France

29. Hamilton announced that depreciated bonds would be paid off at 100%, establishing the USA’s credit (and enriching Hamilton’s Wall Street friends) and the government would get the necessary funds by

a. taxing whiskey and forcing American consumers to pay higher prices for domestic goods (by taxing foreign goods)

b. utilizing the large quantities of gold and silver mined in the Appalachian mountains

c. taking out a huge high interest loan in London (basically paying off one ‘credit card’ with another ‘credit card’)

d. establishing a graduated income tax where rich people paid a higher percentage than poor americans

 30. A very important factor that influenced the USA in the period 1789-1818 was

a.    a. massive war/tension in Europeb. large-scale slave revolts in the South

c.  great numbers of Native Americans moving to US cities  d. war between Spain and the USA

31. The Washington’s policy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was basically:

a. pro-French  b. pro-British  c. pro-revolution  d. pro-Napoleon

32. In 1794, the US government raised taxes and sent a 13,000 man army (bigger than any American army used against  

the British during the revolution) against  

a. the British who had re-started the war b. the Seminole native tribe of Florida

c. American frontier farmers  d. French military forces near New Orleans

33. In 1799 American farmers from Pennsylvania rebelled against the US Federal government because

a. the Federal government was strongly protecting Native American tribal lands

b. the Federal government was taxing houses to fund a war against France, a fellow democracy

c. the Federal government was using its authority to allow freed blacks to settle on the frontier

d. the Federal government forced Pennsylvania to accept merchandise from Virginia

34. Under the Federalist president, John Adams, who came after Washington, the government

a. became much friendlier to France, because of Napoleon’s military success and wealth

b. ended the slave trade due to pressure from Great Britain

c. organized a combined US and Native American attack on Canada (to try and kill Justin Bieber’s ancestors)

d. continued Washington’s and Hamilton’s pro-business pro-British policies

35. Even though the ink on the Constitution’s Bill of Rights was hardly dry, the Federalist government

a. did not ask Congress before declaring war on revolutionary France

b. jailed some Americans and closed some newspapers for criticizing the government

c. ignored guarantees to Southerners and began freeing slaves

d. refused to pay off US government bonds

36. Which of these is NOT an ironic truth about the new US federal government under Washington and Adams?

a. it was friendly to democratic, revolutionary France  b. it was friendly with royalist ex-enemy, England

c. it taxed Americans more painfully than England hadd. it used force against Americans to limit free speech

e. it used force against  ordinary Americans to pay taxes which then funded a small elite of rich bondholders

37. Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury, believed that national debt was good because

a. the Federal government was rich and  had no problem paying its bills

b. paying back debt would build US credit, and  â€˜glue’ the nation together

c. the Federal government would simply refuse to pay it back

d. the British government would be forced to pay the debts instead

38. In 1800, the Federalist president Adams lost to the Anti-Federalist Jefferson in part because

a. Federalists had raised taxes  b. Jefferson’s good looks and personality

c. the Anti-Federalists promised war against the hated French

d. the Anti-Federalist promised increased friendship with Britain

39. Just before leaving office, president John Adams

a. made a friendship and trade treaty with Britain b. appointed many Federalist judges

c. hid a very large peanut butter jelly sandwich somewhere in the oval office

d. cancelled the unpopular taxes  e. declared war on Britain

40. Why is John Marshall important?

a. he cast the decisive vote in the election of 1800 between Adams and Jefferson

b. he was the only chief justice ever impeached because of his misdeeds under Adams

c. he became president of the USA when Washington died

d. he pushed Federalist policies for 30 years after his Federalist party had been defeated

e. he invented the ‘Marshall Stack’


can you answer the questions like 

revolution part:

1. a 2.a 

1700s part:

1.b 2.b

final part:

1.c 2.c

thanks a lot

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