The Rocky Road of American Taxation Worksheet/Quiz



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The Rocky Road of American Taxation

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  1. What issue acted as a unifying force in the colonies that helped create the Revolution?

  2. The movement for American independence started when colonial leaders met to protest British taxes under what Act?

  3. What kind of taxes did it appear the American colonists were willing to pay?

  4. The taxes that the British tried to collect were expected to be spent on what?

  5. What document restricted the Crown in dealing with the Colonists (treat them the same as Englishmen at home)?

  6. What may have been the real cause of the American Revolution?

  7. Describe mercantilism.

  8. Where did the Colonist have to buy their imports from?

  9. Describe a Writ of Assistance and how one was issued.

  10. What did James Otis argue against regarding the Writ?

  11. Why was the Writ of Assistance important in American history?

  12. Why did the British government and citizens feel it was legitimate to tax the colonies after the French and Indian War?

  13. Why were most colonists outside of the New England area not concerned about the Sugar Act?

  14. Why were colonists concerned about tax litigation from the Sugar Act being moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia?

  15. The funds from the Stamp Act were going to be used for what?

  16. When Benjamin Franklin addressed the House of Commons, he believed Parliament couldn’t create laws collecting what type of taxes?

  17. Based on what Franklin told Parliament, Parliament decided to invoke what type(s) of taxes?

  18. Describe the Townshend Act.

  19. Why were New Yorkers upset with the Quartering Act?

  20. The establishment of a new Board of Commissioners of Customs and their control over the Writs of Assistance was preposterous. Some believe the revolution was more about what than the actual taxes themselves?

  21. Why did it appear that the British Navy had a license to engage in piracy?

  22. What did Edmund Burke believe when it comes to governing people?

  23. Why did the British decide to remove the duties on East Indies tea?

  24. Why were Bostonian merchants so concerned about the monopoly granted to the East Indie Company?

  25. Explain why most of the colonists didn’t support the Boston Tea Party? Why did the colonist eventually get mad at Parliament after the Boston Tea Party?

  26. What happened to the Loyalists (those that support the King) in the colonies?

  27. What happened with taxation in American after the war and how did Great Britain respond to the loss in regards to taxation?

  28. Why was it not shocking that the Articles of the Confederation didn’t allow the federal/national gov’t to levy taxes?

  29. Why was it so difficult for Congress to raise revenue and how did that impact Congress?

  30. What was Sam Adam’s opinion of Congress trying to tax imports?

  31. Describe the event that demonstrated there was a need to revise the Articles of the Confederation in an effort to create a stronger central gov’t.

  32. What was the greatest concern(s) of the delegates in Philadelphia in 1787 regarding taxation?

  33. If a person votes, it’s expected that they do what?

  34. The possible abuse of taxation power by Congress would be guarded against by ensuring that taxes are what?

  35. Define “uniform” when it comes to taxation.

  36. What did Madison say about tax laws under a democracy (remember Madison didn’t want a democracy, but instead, a Republic)?

  37. Contrast the difference(s) of the Canadian and British definition of “direct taxes” vs. America’s.

  38. Describe the primary way to control taxation in America and how they felt it would work?

  39. The founding fathers’ believed Congress could only levy taxes to pay for what?

  40. Why did the founding fathers want to limit the American gov’t from waging aggressive wars?

  41. What did the founding fathers mean by leveling taxes for the “general welfare”?

  42. Why were the founding fathers skeptical about and not truly excited to sign in to law the new government they formed (example: Franklin)?

  43. How to Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of Treasury) convince Congress to adopt a luxury tax on whiskey?

  44. Define “excise”.

  45. Why were farmers in the West especially appalled by the Whiskey tax?

  46. Why could it appear that the way taxes were collected on whiskey resulted in corruption?

  47. Describe the creation of “Whiskey Boys”.

  48. Describe how the insurrection in Western Pennsylvania against the Whiskey tax was dealt with?

  49. In the end, why was the Whiskey tax unconstitutional all along?

  50. Why do some historians believe the military confrontation b/w the rebels and Washington was actually a major political victory for the rebels (average American)?

  51. Describe Fries Rebellion?

  52. What led to the demise of the Federalist Party?

  53. Why did Thomas Jefferson believe an occasional rebellion is beneficial?


Although I know the guided reading questions are a lot of work, I bet you’ve developed a new understanding of the colonists and the Revolutionary War!


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