Due MONDAY September 9.
Handwritten, and written to demonstrate analysis and depth of reasoning. Remember, this is also writing practice.
AS YOU READ, CONSIDER HOW THE EVENTS IN THIS CHAPTER ARE AFFECTED BY THE TENSION BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AMERICAN PREFERENCE FOR INDEPENDENT ACTION VERSUS THE NEED FOR UNITY.
1. How and why did the British victory in the French and Indian War change the expectations between the British and colonists? What factors led the colonists to be shocked by this change in British attitudes?
2. What did “republicans” in the 18th century believe about government as well as the requirements for a just, stable society? What did they consider to be examples of just societies, and why? What did “Radical whigs” fear, and how were they different from “republicans?”
WE HAVE ALREADY DISCUSSED MERCANTILISM, SO I WILL ASSUME THAT IF THERE IS ANYTHING ABOUT THE BASICS YOU WILL ASK RATHER THAN FORCING YOU TO DO QUESTIONS OVER INFO IN YOUR NOTES. CONSIDER THE IMPACT ON ECONOMIC INITIATIVE BY THE NAVIGATION LAWS, ETC. YOU WILL HAVE A PRACTICE MC QUIZ OF 4-5 QUESTIONS OVER MERCANTILISM ON WED/THURSDAY.
3. How did the appointment of George Grenville initiate a new relationship between Britain and her colonies?
4. Chart each major law, what its purpose was, and what the colonial protest method was in response to each: Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Declaratory Act, Townshend Acts.
5. Why did the colonists interpret these laws as threats? Why specifically did colonists reject the Stamp Act on principle? How did the British answer colonial objections?
6. Which laws were repealed, and how did the colonists achieve this, given their lack of representation in Parliament?
7. What 4-5 specific actions were taken by the colonists that helped unite them in their protests against the Stamp Act?
8. How did the British respond to colonial protests against the Townshend Acts? Why did the colonists seem to take the Townshend Acts less seriously than the Stamp Act (and do you think that was exactly the British plan all along?)?
9. Why did the Boston Massacre occur?
10. Why did the British repeal the Townshend Acts? Why was the tea tax retained from the Townshend Acts?
11. Why, specifically, didn’t the situation calm down after Lord North backed down on them? How did the system of colonial communication and propaganda work?
12. What was the purpose of the Tea Act of 1773 (it’s not named as such in your text, but it’s described on p. 135 under “Tea Brewing in Boston”)? Describe the protests in various coastal cities, culminating with Boston?
13. What were the specific laws passed by the British in response to the Tea Party in Boston? What were these called by the British, and what did the Americans call them? What role did the Quebec Act play in this?
14.What responses did the colonists take to these laws, especially those that were meant to improve unified response by the colonists?
15. What actions did the First Continental Congress take? Include dates where possible.
16. How did Parliament respond to the petitions from the Continental Congress?
17. Create a chart showing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the British vis-à-vis the impending War for Independence with the colonies.
18. Create a chart showing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the colonies vis-à-vis the impending War for Independence with the British.