Unit Assessment I                                                                   

Mini Essays: 10 points each

Note: A “mini” essay is a position with support. Make sure you read the question carefully before you begin to write your answer.


Part 1: Use of Evidence to Support a Claim Choose 2


  1. Thomas Paine claimed to "offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense" in his dialogue with the American colonists what are the simple facts, plain arguments and common sense that motivate the actions and decisions of the players? How and why will his argument gain support for the revolution? Be specific about what he argues and how he supports his claim.


  1. What does James Chalmers reveal about the loyalist vision of colonial America in his pamphlets Plain Truth and Loyalist Propaganda? Use three pieces of evidence (his claims) from the documents as support for your claim.



  1. How does the following quote taken from “In our own Words” demonstrate the risks of war with Great Britain? Why were the colonists willing to take this risk? Include 3 specific examples from the unit to support your claim.  Mr. Harrison, delegate from Virginia: “When the hanging scene comes to be exhibited, I shall have the advantage over you on account of my size. All will be over with me in a moment, but you will be kicking in the air half an hour after I am gone.”


Part II: Document Analysis


  1. Given his assumptions about human nature, how well did Locke understand humans and their use of power?

Your response must address Locke’s philosophy in relation to the role and view of women in early America as revealed in the following correspondence between Abigail and John Adams. Read the above question carefully and use information from the document to support your claim.

Note: Even prior to the Revolutionary War Abigail Adams had written to her husband, John, reminding him of his duty to ensure the rights of women under the new government he was helping to form. She was not advocating for women’s right to vote, instead she was asking that women get more protection within the home.



"...I have sometimes been ready to think that the passion for Liberty cannot be Equally Strong in the Breasts of those who have been accustomed to deprive their fellow Creatures of theirs. Of this I am certain: that it is not founded upon the generous and christian principal of doing to others as we would that others should do unto us.

…I long to hear that you have declared an independency….In the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bounds by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.

That your Sex are Naturally Tyrannical is a Truth so thoroughly established as to admit of no dispute….Why then, not put it out of the power of the vicious and the Lawless to use us with cruelty and indignity with impunity…? Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex. Regard us then as beings, placed by providence under your protection, and in imitation of the Supreme Being make use of that power for our happiness."


"As to your extraordinary Code of Laws, I cannot but laugh. We have been told that our Struggle has loosened the bands of Government everywhere. That children and Apprentices were disobedient - that schools and Colleges were grown turbulent – that Indians slighted their Guardians and Negroes grew insolent to their Masters. But your Letter was the first Intimation that another Tribe more numerous and powerful than all the rest were grown discontented….Depend upon, it, We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems….We have only the Name of Masters, and rather than give up this, which would completely subject Us to the Despotism of the Petticoat, I hope General Washington, and all our brave Heroes would fight….


"…Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken…"