The American Revolution and the New Nation (1775–1787) Review Questions for AP US History

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Updated on Mar 4, 2011

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The American Revolution and the New Nation (1775–1787) for AP US History

  1. The purpose of the Olive Branch Petition was to
    1. rally colonial support for war against Great Britain
    2. petition the king for redress of economic grievances suffered by the colonies
    3. ask the king to craft a solution to end the tensions between Great Britain and the colonies
    4. request formal support of each colony the the formulation of the Second Continental Congress
    5. ask the king to grant independence to the colonies
  2. (Correct Answer: C. Although the Second Continental Congress began to prepare the colonies for war against Great Britain, the delegates also voted to send this petition to George III, asking him to create harmony between Great Britain and the colonies.)

  3. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the British were extremely confident of victory because all of the following reasons except
    1. they had outstanding generals that would be commanding British forces in the Americas
    2. there were many loyalists throughout the American colonies
    3. the Continental Army suffered from poor discipline
    4. the British had an outstanding navy
    5. the Continental Army was continually lacking in supplies
  4. (Correct Answer: A. Several of the main generals commanding British troops in the Revolutionary War proved early on to be quite ordinary in tactical and leadership skills.)

  5. All of the following were contained in the Treaty of Paris of 1783 except
    1. Americans got fishing rights off the coast of Newfoundland
    2. territory west of the Appalachian Mountains was ceded to the Americans
    3. American independence was recognized by Great Britain
    4. Quebec and the area immediately surrounding it was ceded to the Americans
    5. former loyalists in the colonies could retrieve property seized from them during the Revolutionary War
  6. (Correct Answer: D. None of the British territory in Canada was taken from them as a result of the treaty.)

  7. Women were important in the war effort because they
    1. provided much of the financial backing for the colonial cause
    2. provided several delegates to the Second Continental Congress
    3. wrote influential articles in colonial newspapers urging the colonies to resist the British
    4. provided clothing and blankets for the frozen troops at Valley Forge
    5. maintained economic stability in the colonies by managing households across the colonies while men were off fighting the British
  8. (Correct Answer: E. Although women assisted the war effort in many ways, they made an important contribution by managing estates and farms while their husbands were serving in the colonial militias or in the Continental Army.)

  9. The weakness of the national government created by the Articles of Confederation was demonstrated by the fact that it was not given the power to
    1. mediate disputes between states
    2. raise an army
    3. conduct foreign relations
    4. borrow money
    5. print money
  10. (Correct Answer: B. The national government was not given the power to issue taxes, regulate commerce, or raise an army.)

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