Study Guide for Mid-Term Exam #2


Exam Date:  11/16

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Key Terms
Toward Revolution & Independence  (From LecturePoint Lecture06)
  • Background
    • Enlightenment
    • John Locke
      • Compact Theory
    • Deism
  • European Rivalry
    • Background
      • Robert Cavelier de La Salle
      • Antoine Cadillac
    • French/Indian War & Results
  • Tension & Revolution
    • Settlement Line & Debt
      • Proclamation Line
      • Stamp Act
      • Townshend Duties
      • Continental Congress
      • Lexington & Concord
        • Thomas Paine
        • Common Sense
  • War & Independence
    • Opposing Sides & Strategies
      • Loyalists
    • Key Battles
      • Alliance with France
      • Yorktown

Key Terms

Origins of the Constitution
Early Republic:  Washington, Adams & Jefferson


  • Articles of Confederation
    • Accomplishments
      • Ordinance of 1785
      • Northwest Ordinance
    • Problems & Crisis 
      • Shays's Rebellion
  • Constitutional Convention (1787)
    • Who?
      • James Madison
      • Ben Franklin
    • Representation/Congress
      • Virginia Plan
      • Great Compromise
    • Slavery
      • 3/5 Compromise
  • Washington (1789-97)
    • "The Man"
    • Cabinet
    • Foreign Policy Concern
    • Parties Emerge
      • Federalists
      • Democratic-Republicans
  • Adams (1797-1801)
    • "The Man"
    • Quazi-War & Responses
      • XYZ Affair
      • Alien & Sedition Acts
      • Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions
  • Jefferson (1801-09)
    • "The Man"
      • Monticello
    • Louisiana
      • Purchase (1803)


Politics 1820-40

  • Three Issues
      • James Monroe (1817-1825)
    • Missouri Crisis
      • Missouri Compromise (1820)
        • Henry Clay
    • Foreign Policy
      • Monroe Doctrine (1823)
        • John Q. Adams
    • Andrew Jackson (1829-37)
      • Jacksonian Democracy
      • Limits
        • Cherokee Trail of Tears


Rough Time Period
Detroit is founded 1700-10
French/Indian War 1750s or 1760s
Publication of "Common Sense" 1770s
Shays's Rebellion 1780s
Constitutional Convention 1780s
Alien & Sedition Acts 1790s
Purchase of Louisiana 1800-1810
Missouri Compromise 1820s
Monroe Doctrine 1820s
Cherokee Trail of Tears 1830s


These are the possible essay questions for the Second Mid-term exam.  One will be chosen at random the day of the exam.

  1. Assume you are a lawyer in the fall of 1776 living in Boston. Write a letter to your cousin in England describing events which led to the Revolution and the early events in the conflict. (The essay should focus on how the Enlightenment, rivalry between England & France, and policies developed by Parliament & the king which led to tension in the colonies. What was the final straw that prompted many to agree to the split from the King?) Overall, do you support or are you opposed to the Rebellion? Explain.
  2. Describe and evaluate some the accomplishments and problems associated with the first constitution of the United States that eventually led to the adoption of a new Constitution.  (Hint:  the essay should address these areas:  Describe the basis of the original constitution and its accomplishments.  What were some problems associated with it? How did it lead to a crisis and near anarchy?)  Overall, what do you believe to be the most important reason why several individuals supported a Constitutional Convention with the idea of adopting a new Constitition?
  3. Summarize & evaluate the actions of the two political parties which emerged during the era of the Early Republic.  What were the key traits of each?  How did the differences between the two parties nearly rip nation apart during Adams' Presidency with the Alien & Sedition Acts and the Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions?  Overall, which Party's positions do you agree with the most?  Explain.
  4. Write an essay that describes and evaluates the Missouri Crisis, foreign policy concerns, and Jacksonian Democracy between the 1820-1840.   Overall, which of the three events/concepts had the most significant impact on the history of the United States?  Explain.


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