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The Three Fifths Compromise was included in the Constitution in order to resolve a conflict over the -
a) number of votes needed to approve a treaty in the Senate.
b) Number of states needed to ratify a proposed amendment.
c) Reimbursement of plantation owners for runaway slaves.
d) Counting of enslaved persons for purposes of taxation and representation.

The American colonists use the slogan, No taxation without representation, to express their belief in the need for
a) economic independence
b) mercantilism
c) the consent of the governed
d) Parliamentary supremacy

Why were the colonists angered by issuance of the Proclamation of 1763?
a) It took too much land from Canada.
b) It gave territory in Florida to France.
c) It limited their freedom to move west.
d) It promoted raids by Native Americans.

The main reason the Great Britain established the Proclamation Line of 1763 was to
a) allow Canada to control the Great Lakes region
b) avoid conflicts between American colonists and Native Americans.
c) make profits by selling the land west of the Appalachian Mountains
d) protect the French Catholics of Quebec

In which of the 13 colonies were the towns of Boston, Salem, and Plymouth located?
a) Virginia
b) New York
c) Massachusetts
d) Delaware

Which geographic conditions discouraged the development of a plantation economy in the New England Colonies?
a) a wide coastal plain and an absence of good harbors
b) rocky soil and a short growing season
c) numerous rivers and a humid climate
d) fla tlands and lack of forests

According to the Declaration of Independence, the main purpose of government is to --
a) protect the rights individuals
b) provide strong military leadership
c) protect the nation form foreign invasions
d) ensure the stability of a country's economy

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are
a) legal rights
b) states rights
c) unalienable rights
d) economic rights

Which historic document promised Englishmen the right to a trial by jury?
a) Mayflower Compact
b) Magna Carta
c) Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
d) Great Awakening

According to the theory of mercantilism, the principal purpose of the 13 American colonies was to provide Great Britain with --
a) raw materials and markets
b) naval bases
c) manufactured goods
d) military recruits

What effect did geographic factors have on the economy of the New England Colonies?
a) They encouraged the establishment of large plantations.
b) The promoted growth of fishing and shipping.
c) They increased the region's dependency on slave labor.
d) They supported the planting of rice and tobacco farming.

In which colonial region did good harbors, abundant forests, rocky soil, and a short growing season most influence the economy?
a) Southern Colonies
b) Northwest Territory
c) Middle Atlantic Colonies
d) New England Colonies

How was the Virginia House of Burgesses important to the development if democracy in the 13 colonies?
a) It was the first representative assembly on the colonies.
b) It created the first written constitution in America.
c) It included a bill of rights to protect individual rights.
d) It introduced the prince of electing judges.

Which colonial settlement is correctly paired with the reason it was founded?
a) North Carolina - haven for Pilgrims and Puritans.
b) Georgia - place for imprisoned debtors and convicts.
c) Maryland - refuge for Quakers.
d) Pennsylvania - refuge for English Catholics

What was the major reason European ruler sought to colonize North America?
a) They needed people from North America to settle in Europe.
b) They sought to learn more about Native American cultures.
c) They wanted a place to send their criminal population.
d) They sought to expand their power with with riches from the New World.

In which region of the United States was the first permanent English settlement located?
a) Atlantic Coast
b) Pacific Northwest
c) Great Plains
d) Great Lakes Mountains

The need for agricultural workers in the tobacco fields of colonial Virginia led to the --
a) formation of labor unions
b) decision to industrialize
c) improvement in framing
d) use of enslaved people from Africa

What was one important result of the encounter between Europeans and Native Americans?
a) Native American population continued to increase.
b) The African Slave Trade ended.
c) New diseases were spread to Native American populations.
d) Spain's empire in the New World declined.

The Mayflower Compact and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut are most closely associated with --
a) abuses by absolute monarchs.
b) establishment of religious toleration.
c) steps toward colonial self-government.
d) adoption of universal suffrage.

Why is the Mayflower Compact considered an important step in the development of American democracy?
a) It established the principle of separation of church and state.
b) It provided a basis for self-government in the Plymouth Colony.
c) It defined colonial relations with local Native American Indians.
d) It outlawed slavery in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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