DBQ’s – Questions and Answers
Why did Whately (and probably most other English officials) feel that the American colonists should be willing to pay higher taxes to Parliament? Whately felt that American Colonists should contribute to the preservation of the advantages they have received. Document 2
According to Dickinson, what taxes was Parliament justified in imposing on the colonies? According to Dickinson, Parliament was justified in imposing the Stamp Act on the colonies. Why did he object to the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts?
Dickinson objected to the Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts because he did not have the authority to levy taxes. Document 3
How does the engraving tell a different story from the above description of the Boston Massacre? The engraving was a anti-British propaganda.
Where do you suppose the term “massacre” to describe this event came from? This event is described as the term “massacre” because the Boston boys were taunted and cursed by the mean British soldiers. Document 4
Who did Cresswell blame for the growing antagonism between the British and the American colonists? Cresswell blamed New England for the growing antagonism between the British and the American Colonists. Document 5
Why, according to this document, were the Americans justified in fighting the British? According to this document, Americans defended themselves against British tyranny. Since the Parliament’s claim was that it had authority over the colonies “in all cases whatsoever”, the Americans felt threatened and had to resist by force. Document 6
Why was Paine unwilling to be reconciled with Britain?
Paine was unwilling to be reconciled with Britain because it brought war into the land. Was Paine an objective and unbiased reporter? Explain.
Paine was not an objective and unbiased reported because he was going against the king. Document 7
How does this document describe King George?
This document describes King George as a tyrant.
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