I. Colonial Time 1607 1775



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AP US HISTORY FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS SINCE 1971


I. Colonial Time 1607 - 1775

1. Puritanism bore within itself the seeds of its own destruction. Apply this

generalization. (74)
2. In the seventeenth century, New England Puritans tried to create a model society.

What were their aspirations, and to what extent were those aspirations fulfilled during

the seventeenth century? (83)
3. Between 1607 and 1763, Americans gained control of their political and economic

institutions. To what extent and in what ways do you agree or disagree with this

statement? (71)
4. What role did unfree labor play in colonial American society? (72)
5. Although many Northerners and Southerners came later to think of themselves as

having separate civilizations, the Northern and Southern colonies in the seventeenth

and eighteenth centuries were in fact more similar than different. Assess the validity

of this statement. (75)


6. Although the thirteen American colonies were founded at different times by people

with different motives and with different forms of colonial charters and political

organization, the Revolution the thirteen colonies had become remarkably similar.

Assess the validity of this statement. (78)


7. Throughout the colonial period, economic concerns had more to do with the settling

of British North America than did religious concerns. Assess the validity of this

statement with specific reference to economic and religious concerns. (90)
8, To what extent and why did religious toleration increase in the American colonies

during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? Answer with reference to Three

individuals, events, or movements in American religion during the seventeenth and

eighteenth centuries. (81)


9. From 1600 – 1763, several European nations vied for control of the North American

continent. Why did England win the struggle? ( 73)


10. The American Revolution should really be called the “British Revolution” because

marked changes in British colonial policy were responsible for final political

division than were American actions. Assess the validity of this statement for the

period 1763 – 1776. (82)


11. Britain’s wars for empire, far more than its mercantilist policies, dictated the

economic fortunes of Britain’s North American colonies in the eighteenth century.

Assess the validity of this statement. (87)
12. In the two decades before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, a

profound shift in the way many Americans thought and felt about the British

government and their colonial governments. Assess the validity of this statement in

view of the political and constitutional debates of these decades. (89)


13. For the period before 1750, analyze the ways in which Britain’s policy of salutary

neglect influenced the development of American society as illustrated in the

following:

Legislative assemblies

Commerce Religion (95)
14. Analyze the extent to which religious freedom existed in the British North American

colonies prior to 1700. (98)




  1. Analyze the cultural and economic responses of TWO of the following groups to the Indians of North America before 1750.

British French Spanish (00)




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