Study Guide for Exam #2


The Exam must be completed by:  Tuesday October 23 at 11:00 PM

  This study guide is now FINALIZED

Good luck on the exam!

A note about the exam: there is a time limit of 30 minutes for the multiple choice segment of the exam.  It also must be COMPLETED by 11:00 PM on the date it's due or it will not be available.  There is no time limit for the essay.  

Instructions For Taking Exam #2

LecturePoint Lectures Which Are Part Of This Exam



Key Terms
Colonial Society

(Up to 1750)

Toward Revolution & Independence


  • New England vs. Chesapeake
    • Community Life
    • Family Life
  • From Servants to Slaves
    • Indentured Servants
    • Bacon's Rebellion
  • Economics & Politics
    • Mercantilism
    • Navigation Acts
    • Colonial Governments
  • Enlightenment & Religion
    • Social Compact
      • John Locke
    • Deism
    • Great Awakening
      • George Whitefield
  • 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

New Republic


  • Articles of Confederation
    • Treaty of Paris
    • Accomplishments
      • Ordinance of 1785
      • Northwest Ordinance
    • Problems
      • Shays's Rebellion
  • Constitutional Convention (1787)
    • Who?
      • George Washington
      • James Madison
      • Ben Franklin
    • Representation/Congress
      • Virginia Plan
      • Great Compromise
    • Slavery
      • 3/5 Compromise
  • Separation of Powers & Checks and Balances
    • Who?
    • "Job"
    • Checks
      • Impeachment
  • Ratification
    • Federalists
    • Anti-Federalists
  • Washington (1789-1797)
    • Getting Established
      • Judiciary Act (1789)
      • Bill of Rights
    • Alexander Hamilton
      • Assumption
      • "Strict vs. Loose Interpretation"
      • Whiskey Rebellion
    • Foreign Policy
      • Jay's Treaty
      • Pinkney's Treaty
    • Parties Emerge
      • Federalists
      • Democratic-Republicans
  • Adams (1797-1801)
    • Quazi-War & Responses
      • XYZ Affair
      • Alien & Sedition Acts
      • Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions
  • Native Americans
    • Background
    • Treaty of Greenville



Terms From The Textbook (Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7)


Possible essay questions for Exam #2:  You may chose any two of the four questions below to answer.  It's your choice.

  1. Compare & contrast colonial society in New England & the Chesapeake Bay up to the mid-1700s.  What was family life like in each region?  What were some similarities and differences between the communities?  Overall, what factors led to tension and then armed conflict between former indentured servants & other whites?  What impact did this have on the development of slavery in the Chesapeake Bay?
  2. Assume you are a lawyer in the fall of 1776 living in Boston. Write a letter to you 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 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.
  3. Write an essay that describes and evaluates (in detail) the system of Separation of Powers/Checks & Balances.  Overall, do you think it effectively protects the people's freedom and liberty?  Why/why not?
  4. 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.


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