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The Exploration in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries

What were the reasons for exploration during the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries?
What were the social changes in Europe that altered the way people lived?
How did enclosure change the way land was used in Europe?
What were the apocalyptic views of Christopher Columbus?  How did they influence him to explore the “New World”?
What are the myths surrounding Columbus’ “discovery” of America?  How do those myths change our perception of the American history?
Describe the Native American civilizations that existed in American before 1492 when Columbus arrived in the Americas.  How were they intricate and civilized?
How did contact between Native Americans and Europeans change society in both the Americas and Europe?
What role did the Spanish, French, and English explorers have in the shaping of today’s America?  How were Native American and African populations impacted by the “discovery” of America?
Why were the English late in their attempts to establish a permanent settlement in North America?
Why did John Smith and Sir Thomas Dale have to establish a military routine for Jamestown?  How did those routines help change Jamestown?
What role did reciprocity play in misunderstandings between the English settlers and Native Americans?
What were the problems that made it difficult to establish a permanent settlement at Jamestown?
How did tobacco “save” Jamestown?  What problems did the introduction of tobacco cause for indentured servants and slaves?
What were the benefits and disadvantages of indentured servitude?
What were the problems that Jamestown faced in 1622?  How did those impact the colony?
Describe the Good Friday Massacre. What significance did it have for Colonial Virginia?
List the characteristics of the seventeenth century Chesapeake. How did those characteristics impact the development of Colonial Virginia?
What is sex? What is gender? How did the difference between the two affect Thomas/Thomasina?
What role did women play in Colonial Virginia? How were white women, African women, and Native American women viewed?
What were the reasons for the switch from indentured servants to African slavery during the seventeenth century?
What were the three stages of the development of slavery in America?
Describe Bacon’s Rebellion. What was its larger significance in the development of Colonial Virginia?
How did the Protestant Reformation influence the religious landscape in Europe? How did that lead to the English Reformation? How did the English Reformation influence beginning of the Puritan religion?
What were the Puritan beliefs? How did those shape the way New England was created?
Who were the Pilgrims? Who were the Puritans? What were the differences and similarities between the two?
What were the characteristics of New England society? How were these similar to and different from the Jamestown colony?
Who was Anne Hutchison? How was she a threat in New England society?
How were church and state connected in Puritan New England?  How were they separate?
Who was Anne Hutchison?  How did she present a challenge to Puritan New England?
What was the Halfway Covenant?  How was it a challenge to New England?
What were the characteristics of a witch?  In what ways were those present in the accused witches?
What are some of the reasons for the Salem Witch Trials?  How do those demonstrate the problems that Puritan New England faced during the late seventeenth century?
Describe the Native American civilizations that existed in American before 1492 when Columbus arrived in the Americas.  How were they intricate and civilized?
How were Native American societies organized?  How were the leaders?  How was religion important to the Native Americans?
Explain the differences between Chiefs, Sachems, and Manitous.
Describe the importance of reciprocity and gift-giving to the Native American tribes.  In what ways did these concepts lead to misunderstandings between Native Americans and Europeans?
How did the Spanish, French, and English immigrants treat and interact with Native Americans?
What are the Three Bs of Colonial assimilation?  How did they assimilate the Native Americans?
What were the Restoration Colonies?  How were they part of a restoration?
What were the Navigation Acts?  How did the attempt to tie the American colonies to England?
What is mercantilism?  What are the aspects of mercantilism?  How is mercantilism tied to the Navigation Acts?
How did the development of rice lead to an increase in slave labor?  Explain the connection between rice production and slaves.
What were Slave Codes and what were they intended to do?
What was the Stono Rebellion?  What was the significance of it?
What was the Great Awakening? What were the characteristics of it?
Who were the Old Lights? Who were the New Lights? What were the differences between the two?
What were the causes of the Great Awakening?
Who was the leader of the Great Awakening in New England? How and why did the Great Awakening develop in that region?
What influence did the Quaker population have on the development of Pennsylvania? What was the significance of the Quaker movement on the Great Awakening in Pennsylvania?
Who was the leader of the Great Awakening in the southern colonies? How and why did the Great Awakening develop in that region?
What influence did the Great Awakening have on the slave population? How and why was religion important to the control of the slave population?
What was the condition of America in the mid-1700s?
What were the results and consequences of the Great Awakening?
What were the wars that took place amongst the colonial powers? What was significant about each?
What was the significance of the French and Indian War? How did it help lead to the American Revolution?
How did the need for land lead to the American Revolution?
What were the Sugar Act, Stamp Act, and Revenue Act? How did each lead to the American Revolution?
What were the events leading up to the Boston Massacre?  What happened during it, and how did it contribute to the American Revolution?
How and why was the Boston Tea Party a protest against the British?  What was the British response to the Boston Tea Party?
What were the opposing sides in the American Revolution?  Who was allied with each side?
What were the British advantages and disadvantages during the American Revolution?
What were the Colonial advantages during the American Revolution?
How was the war fought in the Middle Colonies?  What was the significance of the British defeat in the Middle Colonies?
Why did the British move to the Southern Colonies to fight the American Revolution?  What were the problems they encountered there?
What were the results of the end of the war and the Treaty of Paris?
How did the Articles of Confederation govern the new nation?  What were the motivations for the way the government was formed?
What were the failures of the Articles of Confederation?
Describe the process by which the Founding Fathers decided to write the Constitution.  In what ways was the Constitution both similar to and different from the Articles of Confederation?
What are the Enumerated Powers and the Necessary and Proper Clause?  How did they cause tension over the ratification of the Constitution?
Who were the Federalists?  Who were the Anti-Federalists?  What were their ideas about the Constitution?
Why was the Bill of Rights necessary?  How did the Ninth and Tenth Amendments solve the problems the Constitution created?
What were the consequences and the dividing lines that emerged during the writing of the Constitution and the ratification process?
What was the Whiskey Rebellion?  Why were the small farmers upset enough to rebel?  What was the significance of the event?
What is deism?  How is that philosophy related to the religious awakening in America after the American Revolution?
What were the factors behind the growth of new religious movements following the American Revolution?  What were the denominations that enjoyed significant growth between 1776 and 1850?
In what ways were enthusiasm and camp meetings part of the Second Great Awakening?
What was the basis of Methodist belief and the organizational structure of the denomination?  How did those help increase the membership of the group?
How were the Bill for Establishing Religious Freedoms and manumission helpful for the creation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church?  How was the black church established?
Why was Republican Mother important to the new nation?  How was Abigail Adams an example of this concept?
How did the Northwest Ordinances of 1785 and 1787 help establish the states north of the Ohio River?  What were the problems associated with each?
What were the Federalist criticisms of Jefferson before the election of 1800?  Why did Adams’ campaign fail?
What were Jefferson’s pledges to the country after he was elected?
Describe how the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase.  What was the public criticism of the purchase?  What were Jefferson’s justifications for the purchase?

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