Multiple Choice Practice for Conflict and American Independence
Welcome to Unit 3 AP US History Multiple Choice Questions
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Facts about the test: The AP US History exam has 55 multiple choice questions and you will be given 55 minutes to complete the section. That means it should take you around 1 minute per question.
The following questions were not written by College Board and, although they cover information outlined in the AP US History Course and Exam Description, the formatting on the exam may be different.
1. Which of these most directly led to the Intolerable (Coersive) Acts?
A. The Boston Massacre
B. The Boston Tea Party
C. The Navigation Acts
D. The Townshend Acts
2. This image shows the popular support for which women's movement around the Revolutionary War era?
A. The Maternalist Ethos
B. The right of women to bear arms
C. The Cult of Domesticity
D. Republican Motherhood
3. Hamilton's Financial Plan would be least likely to include which of the following components?
A. The federal assumption of state debts
B. A high tariff levied against foreign, imported goods as a means to raise revenue
C. A reduction in tariffs to stimulate international trade
D. The creation of a centralized, national bank of the United States
4. In George Washington's Farewell address, which of the following did he most strongly caution against?
A. The formation of political parties
B. The formation of alliances with South American nations
C. The "Military Industrial Complex"
D. Investing too much in industry rather than homestead farming
5. Benjamin Franklin attempted to organize the colonies to fight against the encroaching European and American Indian forces in the French and Indian War. What was that organization called?
A. The Albany Plan of Union
B. The Continental Congress
C. The Proclamation of 1763
D. The Constitutional Convention
6. In this declaration, King George III stated that American colonists could not move west past the Appalachian mountains at the end of the French and Indian War.
A. The Declaration of Independence
B. The Intolerable Acts
C. The Treaty of Paris
D. Proclamation of 1763
7. The Declaration of Independence was most strongly influenced by which European intellectual movement?
A. The Great Awakening
B. The Enlightenment
C. The Protestant Reformation
D. The Existentialist Movement
8. Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense was most instrumental in....
A. explaining the key components of the post-revolutionary government system
B. defining the roles that women would play in the revolutionary era
C. swaying public opinion toward independence instead of reconciliation with England
D. delaying the independence movement until the colonies were ready for war
9. Which of these was a major functional problem with the Articles of Confederation?
A. It had no revenue-raising mechanism.
B. It required only 7 out of 13 states to vote in support of laws for them to be passed.
C. It provided an extremely strong federal government, taking much of the governing power away from the states.
D. The executive wielded absolute power over matters of international affairs.
10. Which of these was NOT part of the Northwest Ordinances passed under the Articles of Confederation?
A. It barred slavery's expansion into the newly organized territory
B. It provided funding for a major railroad through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois
C. It provided the mechanism for territories to attain statehood
D. It outlined a system of systematic surveying of lands that included grid-planning and funding mechanisms
11. Which of these did the "Great Compromise" regarding representation establish?
A. The determination that for every 5 slaves owned by a slaveholder, they would receive 3 "counts" for population purposes
B. The amendment that requires presidents to only legally serve 2 terms
C. A 3-branch system of government; an executive, a judicial, and a legislative branch
D. A bi-cameral legislature; one based on state population, and one based on equal representation per state
12. Why was the Revolution of 1800 so revolutionary?
A. It was the first time a bill had been passed by the congress with bipartisan support
B. It was the first time an American Indian group was able to win their independence in opposition to the US government
C. It was a peaceful transfer of power between opposing political parties - very unusual for its time
D. It was the first time women had been granted the right to vote
13. Why was Shay's Rebellion so impactful?
A. It effectively ended the debate over American Native protections in the United States
B. It showed how dangerous the new Constitution's tax-raising mechanisms could be
C. It exposed that the Articles of Confederation did not provide a mechanism for solving domestic issues effectively without the willing cooperation of states
D. It was the first time a slave revolt had actually been successful in establishing freedom for its revolutionaries
14. How did the Sons and Daughters of Liberty aid in the war effort?
A. They staged protests and created correspondence committees that united the colonial independence movement
B. They worked on the earliest drafts of the new US Constitution
C. They were the first organizers to petition in support of universal suffrage, regardless of gender or race
D. They were in charge of the medical wing of the war effort in coordination with the American Red Cross
15. How did the Alien and Sedition Acts impact the early United States?
A. They created a new government office specializing in assimilation of new immigrants to the US
B. They ignited a debate over the constitutionality of laws passed by congress and the balance of power between the branches
C. They forever protected Americans' free speech in the press
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