Homework Two Answers - Student Eighteen

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1. Two important trials or series of trials occurred in the colonies between 1690 and 1750. What where they, and why were they significant? Two important trials between 1690 and 1750 where The Salem Witch Trials and The Zenger Trial. The Salem Witch Trials where important because it showed how legal standards were formed. The Zenger Trial was also important because, it gave the foundation for four of our amendments.

Good answer, note that the Salem Witch Trials resulted in the strengthening of legal standards for the benefit of defendants.

2. What do you think were the two biggest causes of the Revolutionary War, and why? Two of the biggest causes of the Revolutionary War were the taxing and distance. The people living in the American colonies did not want to be taxed without having a say in it, but because of the distance, they where unable to be a part of the British parliament.

Good analysis.

3. The "Tea Party" today takes its name from which event? Explain how that event connects to the views of the Tea Party Movement todayToday's Tea Party Movement gets its name from the famous Boston Tea Party. Both groups of people protest against taxes and government control.


4. Explain and discuss the Great Awakening, and its effect in uniting the colonies.

The Great Awakening was a time in the 1700's in which the people in the colonies united together in their practices and beliefs. At that time the colonies grew in size to be 1 million people.

Superb, but be a bit more precise in the time period: the 1730s and 1740s, or early to mid-1700s. (Minus 1)

5. Describe several of the laws passed by Britain during the time period leading up to the Revolutionary War, and their effect on the colonies. The Sugar Act, which taxed all sugar and stopped the import of rum. The Stamp Act, which taxed all use of paper, including legal document, playing cards, etc. The Proclamation line, which made it so the colonist could not settle beyond the Appalachians. These, among many other acts greatly angered the colonist, because they had no say in the laws that were being passed but they still had to obey them.

Comprehensive answer - well done!

6. "But where says some is the King of America? I'll tell you Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain...let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America THE LAW IS KING." When and who do you think wrote that for the ordinary colonist? Explain. This quote, written by Thomas Paine in 1776, was apart on Common Sense. Common Sense was written for the common man, that denounced the British rule over the colonies.

Terrific answer, and might use it as a model answer.


Grade: 59/60. Very well done!--Andy Schlafly 16:26, 20 February 2011 (EST)