Chapter Three Self-test

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Chapter Three Self-test

Take the following self-test as many times as needed to master chapter content. Included page numbers will enable you to check your responses.

1) In his role as mediator, the second consultation entrusted Stephen F. Austin to deliver grievances to Mexico City that sought:

a) repeal of the Constitution of 1824 and the abolition of slavery in Texas.

b) repeal of the Law of April 6, 1830, and separate statehood for Texas.
c) repeal of the Law of April 6, 1830 and an extension of his empresario holdings.
d) repeal of the Constitution of 1824 and the National Colonization Law of the same year.

Hint: page 64

2) The Mexican citizen who protested against centralism, left Mexico for Texas and soon after signed the Texas Declaration of Independence was:

a) Ramón Musquíz.

b) José María Balmaceda.
c) José Francisco Ruiz.
d) Lorenzo de Zavala.

Hint: pages 70, 75

3) Grievances against the Mexican centralist government of Santa Anna included all of the following EXCEPT:

a) the overthrow of the Constitution of 1824.

b) the subjugation of Texas to Coahuila.
c) failure to provide economic incentives in colonizing the Texas wilderness.
d) failure to establish a system of education.

Hint: pages 72–75

4) The Tejano who played a major role in the Texas Revolution—leading the only Tejano detachment of soldiers at San Jacinto—was:

a) José Francisco Ruiz.

b) Juan Seguín.
c) Erasmo Seguín.
d) José María Balmaceda.

Hint: page 79

5) Which of the following factors had NO impact on the coming of the Texas Revolution?

a) the infringement of suffrage and republicanism.

b) the desire of leading men in Texas to preserve opportunities in land speculation.
c) the desire to protect agricultural and commercial advances, as well as slavery.
d) the Anglo-American view of Mexicans as a politically and culturally inferior people.

Hint: pages 75–77

6) William B. Travis led a band of men armed with cannon to Anahuac on June 30, 1835, forcing the surrender of forty-four Mexican troops stationed there.  The immediate cause behind the assault on the Mexican installation was an old grievance regarding

a) land grants.

b) import tariffs.
c) runaway slaves.
d) lack of political autonomy.

Hint: pages 72–73

7) Among those who signed the new Mexican constitution that greatly resembled both the U.S. Constitution and the Spanish Constitution of 1812 was a forty-two-year-old Tejano ranchero named:

a) Juan N. Seguín.

b) José Francisco Ruiz.
c) Ramón Musquíz.
d) Erasmo Seguín.

Hint: page 58

8) In the Treaty of Velasco, Santa Anna agreed to all of the following EXCEPT:

a) remove all of his forces into Mexico.

b) acknowledge the Nueces River as Texas’ southern boundary.
c) acknowledge Texas independence.
d) promise to obtain full diplomatic recognition for an independent Texas from the Mexican government.

Hint: page 81

9) Which statement about slavery in Texas is NOT true?

a) The majority of slaves in Texas were located along the Red and Sabine Rivers.

b)  The “peculiar institution” was recreated by southerners in Texas just as it existed in the United States.
c) By 1836, the number of slaves in Texas numbered about 5,000—most of them lived on the Anglo plantations located in the productive lands adjacent to the Brazos, Colorado, and Trinity rivers.
d) Slaves attempted to run away and sought refuge among the Indian tribes of East Texas or in Mexican settlements of the nation’s interior.

Hint: page 69

10) Which statement does NOT correctly describe the Mexican Tejano population/society before and after Mexico won its independence?

a) Mexican Tejanos were much more egalitarian after the despised gachupines were expelled.

b) Education was an area of concern for the Hispanic community before and after Mexican independence was won.
c) Hispanic women knew their legal rights under Spanish law but law and tradition deprived them of the vote and the right to hold political office, while the double standard and the Church discouraged divorce and kept women in unhappy marriages.
d) Catholicism remained the primary religion of Mexican Texans but its hold on the lives of Tejanos was diminished by scandalous activities of a handful of priests along with the Tejanos’ refusal to pay the fees that the clergymen requested for performing the sacraments and other priestly functions.
Hint: pages 69–71

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