History 007A_33238 – Spring 2022

Midterm Examination

Purpose: The midterm examination is a moment for you to work from a number of different parts of the class. It is an opportunity to review the lecture, your notes, the reading materials, and primary source materials to craft an essay that demonstrates an understanding of an historic/political/social issue and provide a serious analysis. Remember you must have: (1) a clear thesis statement, (2) provide the reader a clear sense of the direction of the essay and then (3) build out from that foundation. Please properly cite all references to avoid plagiarism. Any pasted text from another source without citation or reference can result in lost in points or failure of the assignment.

Assignment: Choose one (1) of the following prompts and compose a four-five page essay, due Friday, February 4, 2022 11PM via CANVAS submission electronically. Please submit as either a MSWORD or .pdf document.

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• The America colonial period 1740-1765 was filled with various events in the Americas and overseas that eventually cumulated in the French and Indian War (1754-63). In what ways did the French and Indian War alter the political, economic, and ideological relations between Britain and its American colonies?

• Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750.

• Analyze the differences between the Spanish settlements in the Southwest and the English colonies in New England in the seventeenth century in terms of TWO of the following: Politics Religion Relations with Indigenous peoples

• “Geography was the primary factor in shaping the development of the British colonies in North America.” Assess the validity of this statement for the 1600’s.

• Analyze the ways in which British imperial policies between 1763 and 1776 intensified colonials’ resistance to British rule and their commitment to republican values.



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• Analyze how the ideas and experiences of the revolutionary era influenced the principles embodied in the Articles of Confederation.

• In what ways did ideas and values held by Puritans influence the political, economic, and social development of the New England colonies from 1630 through the 1660s?

• Analyze the political, diplomatic, and military reasons for the United States victory in the Revolutionary War. Confine your answer to the period 1775–1783.

• Evaluate the influence of religion on the development of colonial society in TWO of the following regions: The Spanish Southwest New England New France

• Compare and contrast the British, French, and Spanish imperial goals in North America between 1580 and 1763.

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