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18th Century American Political History Quiz

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What event happened on July 4th, 1776 to officially mark the birth of the American nation?
The signing of the Declaration of Independence
The first shots of the Revolutionary War
The ratification of the Constitution
The presidential inauguration of George Washington

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The political philosophy of Americans during the Revolutionary Period was inspired by what age of European literature where writers questioned the relationship between governments and their citizens?
The Modernist Period
The Transcendentalist Period
The Enlightenment
The Age of Good Feelings

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What loose document created America's first federal government as the Revolutionary War was heating up?
The Coalition Pact
The Principles of Congress
The Articles of Confederation
The Washington Accords

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How many individual articles made up the Articles of Confederation?
5
10
13
19

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What was the name of the patriot armed forces that fought for the cause of American liberty during the Revolutionary War?
The Continental Army
The Liberty Bells
The Unified Militia of America
The Collective of Liberty's Sons

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What is the name of the antigovernment rebellion that tore through America in 1787 and proved the ineffective nature of the government established by the Articles of Confederation?
Shays' Rebellion
Bacon's Rebellion
The Whiskey Rebellion
The Raid on Harper's Ferry

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What American political legend was the President of the Second Continental Congress and is known for his large signature on the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock
Benajmin Franklin
Roger Sherman
James Madison

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What treaty ended the Revolutionary War and forced Great Britain to recognize America's independence?
The Treaty of New York
The Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Paris
The Treaty of Ghent

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The Declaration of Independence was signed in what American city?
Philadelphia
Boston
Richmond
Raleigh

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The Declaration of Independence states that all men are born with all of the following rights EXCEPT which of the following?
Life
Liberty
Wealth
The pursuit of happiness

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What American founding father served as the President of the Constitutional Convention?
18th Century American Political History Quiz
John Jay
Samuel Adams
George Washington
James Monroe

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The Articles of Confederation had a space within them that invited what Candian province to join the American union should its people wish?
Quebec
Ontario
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia

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The American Constitution ended up establishing how many distinct branches of the new American government?
2
3
4
5

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The Constitution gave the American government the ability to ban the importation of new slaves starting in what year?
1842
1807
1800
1790

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One of the crucial racial elements of the American Constitution was a grim measure where the framers decided slaves counted as what fraction of a person for the purpose of population counts?
1/10
3/5
7/20
1/25

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During the Constitutional Convention, what political faction united around the desire to create a strong national government to run America?
The Federalists
The Antifederalists
The Democrats
The Republicans

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What American political faction during the Constitutional Convention united around a shared desire to keep individual state governments more powerful than America's federal government?
The Federalists
The Antifederalists
The Democrats
The Republicans

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As the Antifederalists became a full political party, they adopted what name?
The Bull Moose Party
The Know-Nothings
The Whig Party
The Democratic-Republicans

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The American Constitution established a national legislature made up of two distinct bodies. What is the term for such a system?
Bidaldic Legislature
Binaural Legislature
Bifocal Legislature
Bicameral Legislature

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What is the common name given to the agreement at the Constitutional Convention that established America's bicameral legislature?
The Union Proposal of 1791
The Missouri Compromise of 1789
The Great Compromise of 1787
The Debbs Agreement of 1785

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The Great Compromise of 1787 is also named after what state because its primary author represented that state?
Virginia
Connecticut
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

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The Great Compromise of 1787 is also often referred to by the name of its primary author. What was the name of this Connecticut founding father?
George Clinton
Samuel Adams
Roger Sherman
James Madison

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The Bill of Rights was the first collection of amendments that were added to the Constitution. How many total amendments were contained within the Bill of Rights?
10
12
14
16

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The Jay Treaty reestablished America's merchant relations with what other country?
Portugal
Spain
France
Great Britain

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When George Washington first took office as President, how many different cabinet departments existed to assist the Executive Office?
0
3
6
10

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George Washington appointed which founding father to serve as America's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
Thomas Jefferson
George Clinton
James Monroe
John Jay

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What is the name of the rebellion in America which George Washington put down in 1794 to display the effectiveness of the new constitutional American government?
Morgan's Uprising
The Populist Rebellion
Bacon's Rebellion
The Whiskey Rebellion

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In his Farewell Address, George Washington famously warned that which of the following would be dangerous to American democracy in the long run?
Political parties
France
Military buildup
Imperialism

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What American President succeeded George Washington to office and passed the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts?
Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
James Madison
James Monroe

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John Adams oversaw America's involvement in the Quasi War which was an unofficial conflict between the U.S.A. and what other country?
Great Britain
France
Mexico
Spain

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