1. Analyze the reasons for escalating anti-British
sentiment in the American colonies during the prewar decade from 1765 to 1775.
2. Was the First or the Second Continental
Congress more significant in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War?
3. What were non-importation agreements and the
boycott? Which had a greater effect on American-British relations?
4. Explain how three of the following altered
Americans’ perceptions of Britain during the years 1763 to 1775. Which affected
colonists the most and why? a) the French and Indian War b) virtual
representation c) Samuel Adams d) the Declaratory Act e) the boycott of British
goods f) Thomas Paine
5. Compare and contrast Thomas
Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence with Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common
Sense.” Which had the greater effect on revolutionary America? Use specific
examples to support your argument.
6. How did the Anti-Federalists help shape the
7. Did the “elastic clause” justify acts such as
Hamilton’s excise tax and Bank of the United States or Jefferson’s Louisiana
8. How would you characterize Anglo-British
relations in the years after independence?
9. Describe how three of the following affected
the formation of the federal government: a) Marbury v. Madison b) the Louisiana
Purchase c) the Bank of the United States d) the Alien and Sedition Acts
10. Was the Constitution written
to be a self-consciously landmark document or was it simply a compilation of
compromises? Support your argument.