French & Indian War / Causes of the American Revolution / Origins of the U.S. Government Exam
STRUCTURE of the EXAM
  • The exam will consist of ONE short answer question (5-6 sentences, with two solid examples supporting your main point). You will get to choose ONE out of two questions that will appear on the test. These are the THREE possible questions to study however: 
    • 1. What are two major effects of the French & Indian War and how did they impact relations between the American colonists and Great Britain's government?  
    • 2. What was the significance of the Stamp Act (1765) for the British Empire and the American colonists? (will NOT appear on exam)   
    • 3. Why was John Locke's Compact Theory so influential in the creation of the Declaration of Independence (1776)? 
  • There will be at least one comprehension question based on a document. 
  • There will be at least one origin and purpose question based on a document. 
  • There will be several rapid response questions where you will need to answer in a sentence or two or in some cases a word or two. 
  • There will be ONE question regarding the U.S. presidential debates and the subsequent election. (Be sure to review the answers on your three debate worksheets.) Your grade on this question will be based on your objective understanding of the process and not on the basis of your support of one candidate over the other.
KNOW THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
  • The four presidential candidates that I had your research prior to the election. Also, know the parties they represented.
  • Effects of the French and Indian War
  • Causes of the American Revolution (Stamp Act, Townsend Act, Boston Massacre, Tea Act, Intolerable Acts)
  • Accomplishments of the First Continental Congress (Banning Trade with England, Creating a Militia Army)
  • Causes of and Creation of the Declaration of Independence
  • Successes and Shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation
  • The Founders' five purposes for creating a U.S. Constitution. Rely on your in-class notes on page 2 of your Constitution packet. Know the basic idea behind each of the purposes. 
  • Structure of the U.S. Constitution (Preamble, Articles I - VII, Amendments). Be able to recognize the structure of the document as shown on page 2 of your Constitution packet. 
  • Be able to summarize the three major branches of the U.S. Government: 
    • ExecutiveThe Executive branch carries out the laws. This branch consists of the President and his federal offices. It can veto bills of Congress, pardon people convicted of federal crimes, influence public opinion, and call special meetings of Congress.
    • LegislativeThe Legislative branch makes the laws. This branch consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. It can override presidential vetoes, impeach the president, establish lower federal courts, and remove federal judges.
    • JudicialThe Judicial branch interprets the laws. This branch consists of the Supreme Court. It’s federal judges are free from presidential control, can decide the meaning of laws, and can declare presidential actions unconstitutional.


O and P Question Model Answer






Information to help you prepare for Short Answer Question No. 1






Information to help you prepare for Short Answer Question No. 2


Information to help you prepare for Short Answer Question No. 3

Review your Notes and Slide Presentation for the Declaration of Independence