A Short History of the United States

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Study Questions for APUSH Summer Assignment 2010 A Short History of the United States (Remini) Note to students: The following pages include a list of important events and discussion questions to assist you with the summer reading. As such, it is NOT a written assignment that must be turned in for credit. Instead, use this to check your comprehension and analysis of the content as you prepare for the test on the first day of school (it’s here to HELP you… ). Since these are all events, themes, and issues we’ll examine in greater depth – with much more to add to this! – it might be a good idea to start making flashcards and/or form study groups to compare thoughts on the questions. If you have trouble or any concerns, email me at russells@cksd.wednet.edu and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Good luck! - Mr. Schuchart

Chapter 1 – “Discovery and Settlement of the New World” Founding of St. Augustine (1565) Founding of Roanoke (1585) Founding of Jamestown (1607) Founding of Virginia House of Burgesses (1619) First Africans arrive in British Colonies (1619) Mayflower Compact written (1620) End of Anglo-Powhatan Wars (1644) King Philip’s War (1678) Height of First Great Awakening (1730s-1740s) French and Indian War unofficially begins (1754) Treaty of Paris ends F&I War (1763)   

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Name at least three factors which enabled the Spanish to conquer both the Aztecs and the Incas. What were the similarities and differences between indentured servants and slaves? Discuss the connections between the following:  Virginia House of Burgesses  Mayflower Compact  Fundamental Orders of Connecticut  Maryland’s Act of Toleration Explain the differences between royal, proprietary, and corporate colonies. Discuss the social and economic impacts of mercantilism in the British North American colonies. Compare/contrast the Puritans and the Quakers. Explain how geography affected the settlement of the New England, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. Identify and explain at least one significant cause AND at least one significant effect of the First Great Awakening. How had the status of European rivals in North America changed as a result of the Treaty of Paris (1763)?

Study Questions for APUSH Summer Assignment 2010 A Short History of the United States (Remini) Chapter 2 – “Independence and Nation Building” Proclamation of 1763 Stamp Act/Stamp Act Congress (1765) Boston Massacre (1770) Intolerable Acts (1774) First Continental Congress (1774) Lexington and Concord (1775) Paine’s Common Sense (1776) Declaration of Independence (1776) British surrender at Yorktown (1781) Treaty of Paris (1783) Shays’ Rebellion (1786) Northwest Ordinance (1787) Constitution written (1787) Judiciary Act of 1789 Bill of Rights ratified (1791) Whiskey Rebellion (1794) Jay’s Treaty (1794)         On page 33, Remini discusses the meaning of the word “Congress” as it was understood in 1765. What philosophical mood does it reflect in colonial thought at that point? The Articles of Confederation is described by Remini as “a Confederation of states, not a Union of people.” (p.40) what distinction is being made by this description? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this arrangement? The Northwest Ordinance provided a framework for the inclusion of new territories/states into the Union. Which components of the plan would prove to be most contentious in the nation’s history? Name/describe at least three important compromises incorporated into the Constitution. For each, identify which groups were opposed to one another and which, if any, benefitted more. Alexander Hamilton’s financial proposals continued the internal conflicts within the Union. Which aspect caused the most sectional strife and why? Compare and contrast “strict construction” and “loose construction.” (p.57) How were the first two political parties (Federalists and Democratic-Republicans) reflections of the views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas...
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