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Fasttrack to America's Past
Section 3: Revolutionary Years
|Section 3: Revolutionary
Years Practice Test
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1. Where were the first shots of the American Revolution fired, marking the beginning of armed resistance by colonists to British rule?
A. Fort Ticonderoga
2. The "Olive Branch Petition" of the Second Continental Congress was
A. a vote by colonists to make the "minuteman"
units around Boston into a real army.
3. Which of the historical name match-ups below is NOT correct:
A. Thomas Jefferson - Virginia lawyer who
wrote the Declaration of Independence
4. The British pulled their ships and troops out of Boston in 1776 because:
A. The colonists set up cannons overlooking Boston
5. Which of these statements best explains the "social contract theory" of government, as that idea is expressed in the Declaration of Independence?
A. The king must rule justly because that is part
of his "contract” with God.
6. The Declaration of Independence states that certain rights, such as the right to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” are “unalienable.” What exactly is the Declaration saying with those words?
A. Certain rights are part of human nature,
and cannot be taken away.
7. Which of these is NOT found in the Declaration of Independence?
A. a statement that people have the right to
abolish or change governments that are destructive of the people’s
8. What was a Loyalist in the Revolution?
A. a colonist who was loyal to the Revolution and
9. What does it mean to say that "inflation was a serious problem during the Revolution"?
A. The prices of most products rose very high, and
the value of money fell.
10. Which battle is considered the turning point of the war because the American victory there helped convince the French to declare openly their support for the American cause?
A. Bunker Hill, near Boston
11. To say that the Revolution created a widespread sense of idealism means that:
A. Many Americans wanted to break from England.
Use these letters and possible answers to indicate the correct author of the four famous phrases and works quoted below in questions 12 to 15. Each letter choice and author is used only once.
A. Patrick Henry
13. "Remember all Men would be tyrants if they
could.” (Letter, 1776)
14. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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." (Declaration of Independence, 1776)
15. "I know not what course others may take, but as
for me, give me liberty or give me death!” (Speech, 1775)
16. As the Revolution began, the former colonies created their own state constitutions based on the concept of the “rule of law.” Which of these best defines a constitutional government based on the rule of law?
A. one in which government leaders have unlimited
power to create new laws
17. Where generally did the British have a military advantage during the years of the Revolution?
A. only in the New England states like
18. Which of these was the location where General Washington managed to keep his troops together in camp through the hardships and cold winter of 1777 - 1778?
A. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
19. What was the most important factor in the successful strategy that finally brought victory to the Americans at Yorktown, Virginia?
A. The American army there was larger than the
20. What was the year of the American victory over the British at Yorktown?
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