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From the late 1600s to the early 1700s, colonists did all of the following to undermine British restrictions on trade, except
a) complain to representatives of the Crown.
b) smuggle sugar, molasses, and rum into the colonies.
c) trade with plantation owners in the West Indies.
d) charge taxes on goods exported to England.

In 1764, Parliament passed the Sugar Act in response to Prime Minister George Grenville’s request to tax the colonists. The British prime minister made that request to
a) pay the costs of the French and Indian War.
b) pay the costs of King Philip’s War.
c) replace British ships that had been damaged by smugglers.
d) replace British goods that had rotted because of a boycott.

Colonists who were upset by Parliament’s effort to tax them might have made all of the following remarks, except
a) “Just say ‘no’ to British goods!”
b) “No one asked us if we wanted to be taxed!”
c) “End the boycotts now!”
d) “No Taxation without Representation!”

Why was the Stamp Act of 1765 particularly upsetting to the colonists?
a) It was the first time Parliament had tried to tax colonists directly.
b) It was the first attempt by Parliament to tax exports, not just imports.
c) To enforce it, Britain’s standing army used violence to frighten taxpayers.
d) To enforce it, Britain placed its own judges on the benches of colonial courts.

What event directly sparked the Boston Massacre?
a) A crowd of sailors dared British troops to shoot at them.
b) A British soldier standing guard hit a colonist during an argument.
c) An African American sailor named Crispus Attucks shot a British soldier.
d) Colonists spread negative propaganda about British troops.

The Boston Tea Party clearly demonstrated how
a) unhappy colonists were with new British laws.
b) much colonists cared for tea in relation to other imports.
c) easily colonists could tell cheap tea from expensive tea.
d) angry colonists were even before the Boston Massacre.

Parliament repealed almost all of the Townshend Acts because it
a) wanted to reduce tension in the colonies.
b) could make the same money on taxing tea as it could on almost all other goods.
c) wanted to give colonists a sense of independence.
d) could make more money paying to catch smugglers than paying to collect taxes.

Which of the following is not one of the ways Massachusetts was punished for the Boston Tea Party?
a) Its charter was canceled.
b) Boston Harbor was closed.
c) The colonial governor had to approve when the legislature could meet.
d) Bostonians had to search for and recover the discarded tea.

The goal of the First Continental Congress was to
a) draft a declaration of independence from the British crown.
b) establish a colonial government to rival the king.
c) develop a plan for undermining the decisions of the king.
d) state the concerns of colonists to the king.

Patrick Henry’s intention in saying, “I am not a Virginian, I am an American” was to
a) urge colonists to join forces.
b) express his anger at the South.
c) defend his resistance to violence.
d) ask colonists to abolish slavery.

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