ESSAY WRITING QUIZ
AP US HISTORY
Circle the letter that “most correctly” answers the question with regard to writing an essay on the following topic: “Belief in the freedom of religion was central to the development of some colonies, while in other colonies such freedom was denied.” Assess the validity of this statement.
1. All of the following should appear in an introductory paragraph on this essay topic EXCEPT
a. definitions of important concepts like freedom of religion and development
b. a thesis statement that takes a clear position on the argument raised by the question
c. a precise restatement of the sentence in quotation marks
d. a summary of each side of the argument raised by the question
2. Which of the following BEST summarizes the meaning of, and controversy raised by, the question?
a. All of the colonists believed in the concept of freedom of religion, true or false? b. Was the development of some of the colonies driven by the desire for religious freedom or was religious freedom really a peripheral issue in almost all of
c. Were the colonies that claimed to believe in religious freedom really the most intolerant and the ones who claimed to be intolerant really the most free?
d. To what extent was religious persecution a big problem in the colonies?
3. Which of the following would be the BEST thesis statement for an essay on this question?
a. While on the surface religious freedom seems to have been important to the growth of the American colonies, in reality it was rarely an important issue in the development of any of the colonies.
b. “Belief in the freedom of religion was central to the development of some colonies, while in other colonies such freedom was denied.”
c. Some colonies believed in religious freedom while others did not.
d. Contrary to popular belief, all of the colonies had some form of religious freedom.
4. The BEST location for the thesis statement is ____.
a. the first sentence of the second paragraph.
b. the last sentence of the introduction paragraph.
c. the first sentence of the conclusion paragraph.
d. There is no best location as long as the thesis is clear. 5. Which of the following would be the BEST thesis statement for an essay on this question?
a. “Belief in the freedom of religion was central to the development of some colonies, while in other colonies such freedom was denied.”
b. The following colonies had religious freedom: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York; the following colonies did not have religious freedom: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Virginia.
c. While colonies such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for the most part did not grant settlers religious freedom, other colonies like Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New York developed in large part as a result of their promotion of this value.
d. Settlers like the Puritans came to the American colonies in hopes of attaining some level of religious freedom.
6. Which of the following would be the BEST topic sentence for a paragraph in an essay on this question?
a. Rhode Island was one colony that was founded on the principle of religious freedom.
b. The Puritans left England to escape religious persecution.
c. Religious freedom was central to the development of several colonies, including Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland.
d. Many people in the colonies believed in the idea of religious freedom.
8. All of the following would be acceptable topic sentences for a paragraph in an essay on this question EXCEPT
a. On the surface, many colonies seemed to be founded on the basis of religious freedom.
b. The denial of religious freedom was central to the development of some colonies, like...
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