Archive for May 1st, 2011

Quick Video Review of the American Revolution

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it….

This video can also be accessed at

Practice MC- antebellum period

Who wrote this?

“I will be harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not with to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to sound a moderate alarm…but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present…I am in earnest–I will not equivocate–I will not excuse–I will not retreat a single inch–AND I WILL BE HEARD.”

A. Frederick Douglass

B. John C. Calhoun

C. Abraham Lincoln

D. William Lloyd Garrison

E. Harriet Beecher Stowe

The people most opposed to the expansionist policies of President James K. Polk were

A. antislavery forces.

B. western Democrats.

C. Senate Democrats.

D. supporters of Nicholas P. Trist.

E. proslavery Whigs.

Which of the following is NOT an accurate statement regarding the North during the antebellum period?

A. Its industrial development was greater than the other two regions.

B. The textile industry was important to several of the states of this region.

C. The planter class was dominant in most of the states of the region.

D. Northerners favored a high protective tariff.

E. Much of the nation’s banking industry was located in the North.

The purpose of the Seventh of March speech was

A. to encourage the South to accept the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia

B. to encourage the North to accept the need and justice of a stronger Fugitive Slave Law.

C. to complement John Calhoun’s idea about creating a second president.

D. to argue that secession was possible if the North didn’t give in.

E. to support sectional differences and proclaim the superiority of the North.

Henry Clay lost the election of 1844 to James Polk because

A. his attempt to “straddle” the Texas issue lost him votes to the Liberty party in New York.

B. his strong stand for expansion in Texas and Oregon raised fears of war with Britain.

C. he supported lower tariffs and an independent treasury system.

D. he lacked experience in presidential politics.

E. He was a dark horse candidate who was relatively unknown compared to his opponent.

During the 1840s, Texas maintained its independence by

A. waging a constant war against Mexico.

B. refusing to sign treaties with any outside powers.

C. relying on the military power of the United States.

D. establishing friendly relations with Britain and other European powers.

E. compulsory military service for all male inhabitants.

____________ were southern agitators who pushed southern interests at all costs and favored secession from the Union.

A. Copperheads

B. The Young Guard

C. The Old Guard

D. Bulldogs

E. Fire-eaters

Called the “Accidental President,” he was expelled from his own party and almost impeached.

A. John Tyler

B. William Harrison

C. James Buchanan

D. James Polk

E. Henry Clay

In chapter 3 of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, when Eliza tries to cheer up George by pointing out how much Harry had grown,

A. George responds that he wished Harry had never been born.

B. Eliza then has to admit that a slave trader had offered to buy Harry.

C. George realizes that he has something to live for.

D. George immediately resolves to run away.

E. George expresses fear that his master will eventually beat Harry.

The US claim to the Oregon country was based on all of the following EXCEPT:

A. the presence of American missionaries and settlers.

B. the Lewis and Clark expedition.

C. the discovery of the Columbia by Captain Robert Gray

D. the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading factories.

E. all of these were justifications for the American claim.

Practice MC items for 8-10 Test

Originally published back on September 23!!!!

1. Which individual of the Revolutionary era advocated equality for women?
A. Betsy Ross
B. Thomas Jefferson
C. Martha Washington
D. Benjamin Franklin
E. Abigail Adams

2. Most Americans considered which of the following to be fundamental for any successful republican government?
A. a wealthy class to govern
B. the primacy of the  property rights of individuals
C. the requirement of military service for political leadership
D. individuals willing to sacrifice for the public good
E. retention of a constitutional monarchy

3. Opposition by Jefferson and Madison to Hamilton’s financial plan resulted in
A. the formation of permanent political parties.
B. Hamilton’s dismissal from the cabinet.
C. political issues becoming out of touch with the wishes of the people.
D. the rejection of Hamilton’s plan by Washington.
E. their dismissal from the cabinet by Washington.

4. During our first 25 years as a nation, one of the major problems facing America was
A. the rivalry between France and Great Britain.
B. the lack of good political leadership.
C. the continued fighting between the US and the Armed Neutrality League.
D. Indian affairs.
E. separation of church and state.

5. What was the origin of the ratio of 3/5 in the compromise of the same name?
A. It showed that blacks were not considered human, but were not quite the same as other property.
B. It represented the perceived relative value of the labor of a free person versus that of a slave laborer.
C. It was the limit of the percentage of taxes that a taxpayer could be charged at that time.
D. It was a compromise, since no one else who could not vote was counted.
E. Sixty percent of the slaves were male, and only males were counted.

6. During our first 25 years as a nation, one of the major problems facing America was
A. the rivalry between France and Great Britain.
B. the lack of good political leadership.
C. the continued fighting between the US and the Armed Neutrality League.
D. Indian affairs.
E. separation of church and state.

7. Continental army officers attempting to form the Society of Cincinnati
A. were accused of trying to sabotage the civil government.
B. were denounced for their aristocratic pretenses.
C. were trying to force Congress to pay them their pensions.
D. reflected the Revolutionary era’s spirit of egalitarianism.
E. wanted land in Ohio given to them in payment for their services.

8. The economic status of the average American at the end of the Revolution was
A. better than before the war.
B. probably worse than before the war.
C. about the same as before the war.
D. more closely tied to Britain than before the war.
E. much worse than Britain after the war.

9. “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.  The said states hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.”
———–The above quote is from
A. the Declaration of Independence.      D. the US Constitution.
B. the Articles of Confederation.              E. the Farewell Address.
C. the Stamp Act Congress.

10. The colonists suffered their heaviest losses of the Revolutionary War at the Battle of
A. Charleston.                    D. Long Island.
B. Cowpens.                       E. Brandywine Creek.
C. Valley Forge.

Online review tools

Practice Quizzes!:

Practice on Andrew Jackson, which seems a particular weak spot:

Matching game: click on a term in the right hand column and then click on its matching definition in the right column. Includes a timer if you want to add that extra little bit of stress– I mean, fun– to your studying:

Flashcard game:

Study table: either blacks out the terms or the definitions:


Powerpoints for review:

Flashcards from Quizlet, including audio:

More flashcards but you have to create an account:

Major Events in Women’s History

Here is where you can view a timeline:

And major movements or concepts include the following:

Colonial–feme covert/ differences between northern and southern laws/

1780s- 1800s–republican motherhood/ Abigail Adams’ “Remember the Ladies”/ Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women/

1820-1860–women reformers (abolition, mental health, etc.)/cult of domesticity/women’s sphere- impact of industrialization
/founding of women’s colleges (Mt. Holyoke, Troy Female Seminary) and co-education at Oberlin/

1820-1840s— women’s rights/ women reformers/ Seneca Falls/ Declaration of Sentiments/ Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony/ Amelia Bloomer/

1870s-1920–struggle for suffrage/NAWSA/19th Amendment/ Carrie Chapman Catt/Lucy Stone/ National Women’s Party/

1940s— women in the war effort/Rosie the Riveter/women in military WAACS, WAVES, SPARS/

1950s— Return to Normalcy/ suburbanization/ domestic ideal/

1960s-1970s— Betty Friedan- “the problem that has no name”/founding of NOW/abortion/ERA fight for ratification/Equal Pay Act/Title IX/Phyllis Schlafly/divorce/birth control/ bra burning/ consciousness raising

1980s-1990s— backlash/conservatism/”Mommy wars”/women in workplace/ Mr. Mom and stay-at-home dads/ glass ceiling/

2007-11— Lily Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Co/ Ledbetter Equal Pay Act/ “mancession” recession/

Review of Territorial Expansion to the Civil War

Here is something to begin your review for the AP Exam:

And it is animated and includes narration in a starchy British accent!

And here is yet another website in case you need more: