Primary and Secondary Sources Quiz

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Which of the following is an example of a primary source?

An eyewitness report of the event

What was the purpose of the Mayflower Compact?

To consult each other about laws for the colony and promise to work together to make it succeed

What is the main idea behind Mercantilism?

A country's strength is measured by the amount of gold it has and it should sell more than it buys

What is a defining characteristic of a Democracy?

It is a form of government run for and by the people, giving people the supreme power

Which event effectively expelled the French from North America?

The Treaty of Paris of 1763

Who was the King of England who refused the Olive Branch Petition and ultimately led to the final break with the colonies?

King George III

Where were the opening shots of the American Revolution fired?

Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts

Who wrote the pamphlet 'Common Sense' to convince colonists that it was time to become independent from Britain?

Thomas Paine

What was the trade route between Europe, West Africa, and the West Indies called?

The Middle Passage

Who was the leader of the Continental Army and later became the first President of the United States?

George Washington

Study Notes

Primary Sources

  • Diaries, letters, and other original documents written by individuals who lived during a historical event are examples of primary sources.

Mayflower Compact

  • Signed in 1620, it was an agreement among the Pilgrims establishing a framework of government for Plymouth Colony.

Mercantilism

  • An economic theory that promotes a nation's wealth and power through the accumulation of gold and silver, and a favorable balance of trade.

Democracy

  • A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

French and Indian War

  • The Treaty of Paris (1763) effectively expelled the French from North America, marking the beginning of British dominance.

American Revolution

  • King George III refused the Olive Branch Petition, ultimately leading to the final break with the colonies.
  • The opening shots of the American Revolution were fired in Lexington and Concord.

Influential Figures

  • Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet 'Common Sense' to convince colonists that it was time to become independent from Britain.
  • George Washington was the leader of the Continental Army and later became the first President of the United States.

Trade and Exploration

  • The trade route between Europe, West Africa, and the West Indies was called the Triangular Trade.

Test your knowledge about primary and secondary sources with this quiz. Learn about the difference between original records of an event and the later writings and interpretations of historians and writers.

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