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1 American Revolut ion Test 1. * Was fought at Charlestown, near Boston * Took place on Jun e 17, 1775 * Was a victory for the British Which Revolutionary war battle is described above? a. The Battle of Lexington b. The Battle of Saratoga c. The Battle of Yorktown d. The Battle of Bunker Hill 2. Which statement best describes Thomas Paine s views? a. He opposed the divine rights of monarchs and supported laws that limited leaders powers. b. He believed that a king in America could have limited power because of laws that would be passed. 1 of 8

2 c. He felt that the King of England wanted to help the colonists but was prevented by the laws of England. d. He proposed that the colonies should be controlled by a single leader who would make and enforce all the laws. 3. Who wrote his name very large, fancy and centered on the Declaration of Independence because he wanted to be sure King George saw it. a. Benedict Arnold b. John Hancock c. George Washington d. Daniel Boone 4. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. a. Baron Von Steuben b. General Howe c. Patrick Ferguson d. Banastre Tarleton 5. Which battle was considered the last big battle of the American Revolution? British ships were blocked at a certain port by the French battleships. a. Battle of Concord b. Battle of Yorktown c. Battle at Bunker Hill d. Battle of Saratoga 6. Which event led to the meeting of the First Continental Congress? a. the publication of Common Sense b. the "shot heard round the world" c. the closing of the port of Boston d. the rejection of the Olive Branch Petition 7. Those colonists who opposed independence and remained loyal to the British king were known as a. Loyalists b. Patriots c. minuteman d. Hessians 8. The turning point of the American Revolution was at which battle? a. Battle of New York b. Battle of Saratoga c. Battle of Yorktown d. Battle of Valley Forge 2 of 8

3 9. Set out to help Ethan Allen and helped capture Fort Ticonderoga. Later became a traitor. a. Francis Marion b. William Howe c. Benedict Arnold d. Nathan Hale 10. How did this picture of the Boston Massacre help push American colonists toward revolution? a. It showed that the British refused to let the colonists vote and that Americans would have to fight to gain that right. b. It showed that there were too many colonists for the British to fight and that American troops would outnumber the British. c. It showed British troops willingly killing unarmed Americans, which increased American anger toward British rule. d. It showed that Americans could defeat the British in a battle, which gave Americans more confidence in their army. 3 of 8

4 11. Who was the first person to be killed in the Boston Massacre? a. Patrick Henry b. Crispus Attucks c. Baron von Steuben d. Marquis de Lafayette 12. The purpose of the Olive Branch Petition was to persuade... a. British troops to leave Boston. b. Parliament to repeal the Stamp Act. c. King George to make peace with the colonies. d. volunteers to join the Continental Army. 13. As a result of the British Parliament passing the Intolerable Acts, representatives from twelve of the thirteen colonies met in Philadelphia at this meeting? a. The Tea Conferance b. The Boston Tea Party c. The Intolerable Meetings d. The First Continental Congress 14. British General Cornwallis surrendered his troops at which battle that was the last major battle of the American Revolution? a. Battle of New York b. Battle of Trenton c. Battles of Lexington & Concord d. Battle of Yorktown 15. Who were the Sons of Liberty? a. a society of colonists who did not wish ti break from Britain b. a group of patriots who protested British law c. a society of scholars who wrote pamphlets d. a group of diplomats who tried to gain foreign support 16. The colonists who were against the British now called themselves. a. Loyalist b. Patriots c. Traitors d. fighters 17. As a member of the House of Burgesses, he spoke to colonial patriots saying "Give me liberty or give me death" a. Patrick Henry b. George Washington c. Thomas Jefferson d. Benjamin Franklin 18. Which effect best completes the chart? 4 of 8

5 a. The colonies held the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia b. The colonies sent representatives to Britain to protest the acts. c. The colonists attacked British soldiers in Lexington and Concord. d. The colonists destroyed British tea at the Boston Tea Party 19. General Washington defeated the Hessians on December 26th at which battle? a. Battle of Trenton b. Battle of New York c. Battle of Saratoga d. Battle of Yorktown 20. Who was the major author of the Declaration of Independence? a. John Adams b. Thomas Jefferson c. Patrick Henry d. Thomas Paine 5 of 8

6 21. On July 4, 1776, a. The colonists decided to declare a full-scale attack on England b. America became a free country with George Washington as president c. Everyone won the right to vote in elections and run for office d. The Coninental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence 22. What was the Declaration of Independence? a. a document that stated that Great Britain wanted freedom from the colonies b. a document that stated that the colonies wanted freedom from Great Britain c. a document that stated that each colony wanted to be independent of one another d. a document that stated that South Carolina wanted to form a new nation 23. Which of the following was NOT a problem at Valley Forge. a. The British were trying to capture the forge along the river. b. There was not enough food for the troops, and Congress was finally issuing paper money, that merchants did not trust. c. A lack of supplies such as blankets, because merchants raised their prices for goods. 24. The document that officially ended the war was called. a. The Declaration of Independence b. The Constitution c. The Bill of Rights d. The Treaty of Paris 25. The Continental Army faced great hardships including lack of clothing, supplies, and food and lost nearly 2,000 soldiers without fighting a battle at which location? a. Valley Forge b. Yorktown c. Saratoga d. Trenton 26. Another attempt by Washington to inspire the troops,came from a pamphlet called The Crisis. It begins, "These are the times that try men's souls..." and ends with encouragement for the true patriot to not, "shrink from the service of their country." This pamphlet was written by... a. Benedict Arnold b. Thomas Paine c. John Adams d. Thomas Jefferson 27. Why was the Declaration of Independence written? a. to describe the rights all people should have b. explain why governments are established and describes the citizen s rights if the government acts unfairly c. declares the colonies independence from Britain d. all of the above 6 of 8

7 28. Why was the phrase "taxation without representation" so important to the revolutionary cause? a. Colonists did not wish to support a government in which they had no voice b. Great Britain would have ended taxation if colonists had kept the peace c. Colonists believed that Great Britain should only tax certain items d. Great Britain only taxed the colonists to force them into war 29. Why was the Battle of Saratoga important? a. It lifted Patriot spirits and showed Europe that Americans could win. b. It proved that colonists were no match for British troops. c. It inspired Native Americans to support the Patriots. d. It convinced France to maintain neutrality. 30. The second Continental Congress met here: a. Boston, MA b. New York, NY c. Hartford, CT d. Philadelphia, PA 31. During the American Revolution, George Washington a. wrote the Declaration of Independence. b. commanded the Continental Army. c. was a loyalist. d. participated in the Boston Tea Party. 32. May 15th, We began our march for Virginia; the weather pleasant and roads tolerably good. We Passed through Frederick Town (Maryland), where there were some British prisoners quartered; they turned out to see us. Next day we reached the Potomac River We continued a few miles and camped...we are seldom allowed to eat until twelve o'clock, after the arms are stacked, knapsacks taken off, and water sent for. June 18th, We joined the troops under command of Lafayette The enemy advanced no farther than to the ground we left. We could not have been engaged longer than about three or four minutes. Our losses are said to be upward of one hundred killed and wounded. Lieutenant Herbert was taken prisoner. The horses were all killed. July 7th, An officer, surgeon, and a few men sent to bury the dead. Sept. 14th, General Washington arrived; our brigade was paraded to receive him Oct. 17th, This morning we had the pleasure of seeing the enemy s drummer in the distance, and immediately we saw an officer holding up a white handkerchief. Oct. 19th, All is quiet. Surrender documents have been signed; French and Americans take possession of British forts. 7 of 8

8 Who was the author of this document? a. A loyalist spy b. A soldier in the Continental Army c. A soldier in the British Army d. The wife of a British General 33. The events described in the box occurred in response to a. an incident known as the Boston Massacre b. n attack on colonial ships in Boston by British troops. c. an act passed by British parliament taxing all printed materials in the colonies d. an act allowing the British East India Company to import certain goods without paying taxes. 8 of 8

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