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Section 2: Colonial America          Practice Test 2B  

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1.  What was the cause of the conflict between the American (British) colonists and the French government that erupted in 1754, called the French and Indian War?

A. trade policies known as mercantilism
B. taxes on sugar and molasses from the West Indies
C. American (British) colonists moving west across the Appalachian Mountains
D. French claims to Quebec and Montreal

2.  What was the outcome of the French and Indian War?

A. The British won control of almost all of North America east of the Mississippi River.
B. The French won control of Canada.
C. The British gave up all claims to the Ohio River valley area.
D. The war ended with no change of territory.

3.  What did the Proclamation of 1763 say?

A. It called for an increase in the tax on sugar and molasses.
B. It prohibited colonists from moving across the Appalachian Mountains.
C. It called on colonists to show loyalty to the British king.
D. It called for a new tax on tea.

4.  The Stamp Act of 1765 caused widespread protests in the colonies mainly because: 

A. Colonists believed the tax was higher than similar taxes in England.
B. The tax stamps carried a picture of the crown of the king.
C. The tax was passed by Parliament instead of by the colonial assemblies.
D. It was difficult to get the necessary stamps in the colonies.

5.  The Daughters of Liberty helped organize boycotts as a way to force the British Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act.  What is a boycott?

A. an organized effort to get people to stop buying certain products
B. a secret effort to smuggle certain products
C. the theft or destruction of property as a protest
D. a march or parade designed to send a political message

6.  When it repealed the Stamp Act, the British Parliament declared that it

A. did not have a legal right to pass the Stamp Act.
B. had the right to make laws for the colonies.
C. would someday allow colonists to elect a representative to Parliament.
D. would consult with the colonists before passing any new tax laws.

Use the drawings below to answer the next two questions.

7.  The drawing on the left by Paul Revere shows the Boston Massacre of 1770.  What was apparently his goal or intention in depicting the event as he does?

A. He wants other colonists to avoid antagonizing or offending British troops.
B. He wants other colonists to get better weapons and more military practice.
C. He wants the viewer to believe the British slaughtered the colonists for no reason.
D. He wants the viewer to believe that resisting the British army is hopeless.

8.  The drawing on the right appeared in a London newspaper in the 1770s.  Based on what is shown and events of that time, which caption best summarizes the point the artist wants to make?

A. “Liberty for the colonies now, liberty for the colonies forever!”
B. “The colonists demand rights, but they have no respect for our British laws!”
C. “The colonists have been mistreated by the British long enough!”
D. “The colonists don’t like tea as much as the British do!”

9.  What was the main objection by the colonists to the Tea Act passed by Parliament?

A. At that time, colonists did not want any product imported from England.
B. The tea had a tax passed in England that the colonists had never approved or voted on. 
C. The colonists were upset about the price of the tea.
D. The colonists thought the law would make it difficult to import molasses.

10.  What was the reaction by England to the Boston Tea Party? 

A. They demanded the arrest of Thomas Jefferson.
B. They ordered Boston harbor closed.
C. They repealed the Tea Act.
D. They cut off all trade between Great Britain and all 13 colonies.

11.  What was the reaction by most of the American colonies to the Intolerable Acts?

A. They generally ignored the matter because they knew little about it. 
B. They generally approved of England's actions at that time. 
C. They united to help Boston’s residents by sending food and supplies.
D. Most of the colonies immediately called for independence.

12.  What was “mercantilism”?

A. It is a term for British policies that restricted colonial trade in various ways that generally favored Great Britain.
B. It was term for the colonial trade routes that reached to Africa and the West Indies.
C. It was the colonial practice of trading with the Indians west of the Appalachians.
D. It was the colonial practice of trading with nations other than Great Britain.

13.  What was the “militia” in colonial times?

A. the British army that was stationed in the colonies in the 1770s.
B. a volunteer military force of colonists that organized for self-defense.
C. the small ships that traded tobacco and other products.
D. the large English ships equipped for war.

14.  If we consider the meeting of the First Continental Congress as the best indicator of opinion in the colonies, which statement below best describes the colonists' views in 1774? 

A. The colonists favored a quick war for independence to break away from England. 
B. The colonists wanted their rights recognized, but still hoped to restore good relations with England.

15. Who spoke these famous lines at the First Continental Congress:  "The distinction between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders, are no more.  I am not a Virginian, but an American"?

A. Benjamin Franklin
B. Thomas Jefferson
C. Richard Henry Lee
D. Patrick Henry


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