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The American Revolution (1754–1781)

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1. What was the Seven Years’ War called in the American colonies?

2. All of the following are true about the French and Indian War except

3. What did Parliament’s Proclamation of 1763 do?

4. Benjamin Franklin’s famous “Join or Die” political cartoon was drawn

5. Which piece of legislation was not a consequence of the French and Indian War?

6. Why did Pontiac lead a Native American uprising against British and American colonists?

7. After the French and Indian War, British Prime Minister George Grenville believed all of the following except

8. Why did Americans hate the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act?

9. “Virtual representation” was the idea that

10. All of the following were consequences of the Stamp Act except

11. What did mercantilist economic theory stipulate?

12. What were nonimportation agreements?

13. When Parliament repealed the Stamp Act in 1766, it simultaneously passed

14. Why did Prime Minister Grenville began enforcing the Navigation Acts?

15. The Coercive, or Intolerable, Acts were passed in response to

16. British troops were sent to occupy Boston in 1768 after

17. The Boston Tea Party took place after

18. Why did American colonists hate the Quebec Act?

19. Why did royal officials disband the New York colonial legislature in 1767?

20. Even though Parliament repealed almost all of the Townshend Acts, it retained the tax on tea because

21. What effect did the passage of the Coercive, or Intolerable, Acts have?

22. What did delegates at the First Continental Congress do?

23. When it first convened in 1775, the Second Continental Congress did all of the following except

24. The “shot heard round the world” refers to

25. Committees of Observation and Safety were significant in the years just before the Revolutionary War for all of the following reasons except

26. What were the Committees of Correspondence?

27. Thomas Paine’s 1776 pamphlet Common Sense

28. What did Joseph Brant do during the Revolutionary War?

29. During the Revolutionary War, black slaves

30. American Loyalists drew support from all of the following groups except

31. What did British commanders assume, erroneously, at the beginning of the Revolutionary War?

32. Which of the following documents set forth the belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”?

33. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that King George III had committed all of the following crimes against the American people except

34. In the Declaration, Jefferson argued that government should only be overthrown when it

35. Jefferson wrote in the Declaration that the American people had petitioned Britain to redress grievances on several occasions. The colonists petitioned to redress grievances on all of the following occasions except

36. The Declaration of Independence accomplished all of the following except

37. Jefferson argued in the Declaration that governments derive their power from

38. The term “salutary neglect” refers to

39. Why was the 1777 Battle of Saratoga a turning point in the Revolutionary War?

40. With which country did the United States forge a military alliance in 1778?

41. All of the following gave Americans an advantage over the British in the Revolutionary War except

42. Why did geography play a significant role in the Revolutionary War?

43. Which of the following was one of the Americans’ greatest strengths in the Revolutionary War?

44. What did the Peace of Paris do?

45. The Olive Branch Petition was drafted by delegates at the

46. What was Britain’s greatest advantage over the United States in the Revolutionary War?

47. Britain’s lack of enforcement of the Navigation Acts from 1650 until 1763 is an example of

48. From whom did Americans receive tacit support at the beginning of the Revolutionary War?

49. The Proclamation of 1763 was issued primarily in response to

50. How did many patriotic American women support the Revolutionary War?

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