The Colonies Multiple Choice Essay Questions

Elvira Seferagic ‐ Multiple Choice// ~ Essay Questions

‐Which of the following colonial power exercised the least amount of control over the commercial and political practices in their colonies? THE NETHERLANDS.

‐Colonies such as the Carolinas were known as "restoration colonies" because THEIR CREATION WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE RESTORATION OF THE STUARTS TO THE ENGLISH THRONE.

‐The primary motive of those who founded the British colony in Virginia during the 17th century was the DESIRE FOR ECONOMIC GAIN.

‐What was the major reason the original settlers of Plymouth Colony, Maryland, and Pennsylvania came to America? TO SECURE FREEDOM FROM RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.

‐Which development led to the other four? COLUMBUS LANDING IN HISPANIOLA.

‐The 13 English colonies were all located on or very near the ATLANTIC OCEAN.

‐In which region of the US was the first permanent English Settlement located? ATLANTIC COAST.

‐During the colonial period, which geographic feature presented the greatest barrier to the westward migration of American settlers? APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS.

‐Which action by the British government was considered by American colonists to be a violation of their rights as Englishmen? TAXING THE COLONIES WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IN


‐Which political feature of the US developed during the colonial period? REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

‐The development of a farming culture among pre‐ Columbian Native American Indians helped ensure SAFETY FROM NEIGHBORING TRIBES.

‐During the colonial period, the economic development of the South was most directly dependent on the labor of ENSLAVED AFRICANS.

‐The results of the French and Indian War (1754‐1763) led to the independence movement in the 13 colonies because the British BEGAN IMPOSING NEW TAXES ON THE COLONISTS.

‐Colonial‐era New England town meetings and the Virginia House of Burgesses were both STEPS IN THE GROWTH OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY.

‐Beginning in the 16th century, Spanish colonizers imported increasing numbers of slave from West Africa for all the following reasons except IN THE HALF CENTURY AFTER 1518


‐During the 16th century, the number of people from England and continental Europe who immigrated to Spain's New World colonies and settled there REMAINED SMALL.


‐Which heading completes the partial outline below? NEW ENGLAND COLONIES (Villages with town meeting, small farms and commercial fishing, and First American College).

‐The Declaration of Independence indicates that all people are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." This statement means that CERTAIN RIGHTS BELONG TO


‐The Declaration of Independence states that "all men are created equal." Today this idea means that ALL PEOPLE SHOULD BE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW.

‐The creation of the Virginia House of Burgesses was an important step in the development of democracy in colonial America because it ESTABLISHED A REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF


‐The Mayflower Compact and the Virginia House of Burgesses are examples of STEPS TOWARD A REPRESENTATIVE GOVT.

‐Before 1763, the British policy of salutary neglect toward its American colonies was based on the desire of GB to BENEFIT FROM THE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY OF THE AMERICAN


‐What was the main purpose of the Mayflower Compact? TO CREATE A GOVT THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE COLONY.

‐To encourage African Americans to fight, Hamilton suggested in the excerpt that they should be promised EMANCIPATION FROM SLAVERY.

‐Which of the following was the primary reason for Hamilton's call for African American soldiers? THE BRITISH WERE RECRUITING AFRICAN AMERICANS.

‐In the American colonies, boycotts were an effective way of protesting British policies mainly because the boycotts CAUSED ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS FOR BRITISH MERCHANTS.

‐In the publication Common Sense, Thomas Paine argued that the American colonies should END THEIR POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP W GB.

‐The major reason the British govt issued the Proclamation of 1763, which banned colonial settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains, was to? AVOID CONFLICT W NATIVE


‐Based on the excerpt, which of the following groups was President Jackson trying to help? COMMON INDIVIDUALS.

‐Which of the following groups provided the greatest support for Jackson's veto of the Bank? WESTERNERS.

‐President Jackson's veto of the Bank bill would contribute most significantly to A FINANCIAL PANIC.

‐President Andrew Jackson defended the spoils system as a benefit to democracy because it FILLED GOVTS JOBS WITH COMMON CITIZENS.

‐The ultimate goal of Andrew Jackson's policy toward the Indians during his presidency was TO REMOVE THEM TO LANDS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.

‐Who elects members of the House? PEOPLE