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American Revolution Unit Assessment

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Standards:
SS4H4 The student will explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
a. Trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America, including the French and Indian War,
British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan no taxation without representation, the activities
of the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party.
b. Explain the writing of the Declaration of Independence; include who wrote it, how it was written, why it was
necessary, and how it was a response to tyranny and the abuse of power.
c. Describe the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and
British defeat; include the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown.
d. Describe key individuals in the American Revolution with emphasis on King George III, George Washington,
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.

Part I. True or False. Circle whether the below statement is true or false. 2 Points Each.
1. True or False. The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, severed
ties with Mother England. It was approved by the colonies on July 4, 1776.
2. True or False. The Sugar Act imposed taxes on paper products.
Part II. Multiple Choice: Circle the best possible answer. 6 Points Each.
3. The commanding general of the Continental Army and the first president of the United
States was _______.
a. Thomas Jefferson
b. George Washington
c. John Adams
d. King George III
4. Colonists in favor of independence called themselves _______.
a. Patriots
b. Loyalists
c. Patriarchs
d. Sons of Liberty
5. The Governor of Virginia became famous for his patriotic cry, Give me Liberty, or give
me Death! was ____________.
a. Patrick Henry
b. John Adams
c. Benjamin Franklin
d. Nathan Hale
6. The ruler of Great Britain during the American Revolution was _______.
a. George Washington
b. King George III
c. King George II
d. King Henry III

American Revolution Unit Assessment


7. The person who wrote and published a pamphlet during the Revolution called Common
Sense was ________________.
a. Thomas Jefferson
b. Benjamin Franklin
c. Thomas Paine
d. John Jay
Part III. Short Answer. 10 Points Each. 8 points for the correct answer(s), 1 point for correct
spelling and punctuation, 1 point for complete sentence(s) and sentence structure.
8. Name the three American negotiators who went to France to sign the Treaty of Paris in
1783.
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9. Describe the series of events that took place on March 5, 1770, which is known as The
Boston Massacre.
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10. Analyze one cause-and-effect relationship of the Battle of Yorktown.
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Part IV. Essay. 36 Points. See the attached rubric. There are 9 components I am looking for
in your writing, you can earn up to 4 points each component for a total of 36 points.

American Revolution Unit Assessment


Choose one of the following questions and answer thoroughly. Use the back of this page to
plan your writing and then write your response on the lines below.
a. Think about the human qualities, or traits, of a young patriotic colonist of your age during the
American Revolution. Write a persuasive statement that defines the 3 qualities (example: courage)
they need to possess to survive during the war. Include facts and/or examples to support your
persuasion.
b. Imagine it is 1773. You are a loyal merchant living in one of the 13 colonies. Write a letter to King
George III regarding the taxes created by the Sugar Act, Stamp Act or the Townshend Act. Explain
how the Act has affected your life in the colonies and predict how it will impact your future.
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