Unit 2: From Making a Revolution to Making a Nation1776 to 1830s (Chapters 5-10)

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Study Guide

The Objective Exam will consist primarily of multiple choice questions drawn from the terms below. The total value is 100 points. There are 25 questions each at 4 points. Reminder: Unit 2 consists of Chapters 5-10. The word Chapter refers to numbered parts a) of your textbook and b) to the specific Blackboard learning module for that chapter. Blackboard learning modules have a Table of Contents on the left that let you see all of the resources available so you can click on the one you want. All chapters have links from your instructor and a folder containing specific primaries. Some also include resources such as maps.


The 5 Ws rule is a good guide to understanding the items below: you should know Who, What, When, Where, and Why—and sometimes How.  You can look up these individual items in the textbook index at the back of the book or find them covered next to an item listed below. Use the textbook with Instructor’s links that provide visuals, usually in tables, to help you compare information to see similarities and differences.


The list of items that will be on the test will be visible about 10 days before the exam. If you don’t see it at that point, please remind me.



The Concept Exam will consist of a variety of types of questions ranging from multiple choice questions to short essay. The total value is 50 points. The Required Concepts folder contains a list of all concepts, including which apply to Unit 1. I will explain in class any concept that will be on the exam. (FYI: I create my tests in sets so they vary for students.)


The Written Exam will consist of 1 essay written in class on notebook paper I will provide. You bring your textbook because you must cite the page number for each fact you use. I will grade your answer side by side with the textbook—I will know easily whether you read and wrote with care. The total value is 50 points with 25 points for contents and 25 points for following all 5 Good Habits for Evidence. I will state the possible questions during our talks together in class. You will then know all possible questions, but you will not know which one you will be asked on your exam.


What the Title Tells You about This Unit

We begin with the hard times after 1776 and the challenges that had to be met to make the American Revolution successful enough for independence from Great Britain. (The name Great Britain was used beginning in the early 1700s for the combination of England, Scotland, and Wales.) Ending the revolution began the struggle to design a nation. We create the Constitution and a republic and by 1800 and the election of Thomas Jefferson we have a “peaceful revolution” that increases the power of ordinary people—or at least the power of ordinary white me—in the republic. We expand to the west, with the largest expansion being the Louisiana Purchase.


We use Chapters 7-10 to show the transformation of the new nation with a focus on these areas.

·         What are the new geographic sections of America?

·         What are the general changes, including in technologies of transportation that change geographic relationships?

·         What are significant elections and what are changes in voting

·         What happens with slavery and the new territories? Slavery and voting?

·         What happens with the Native Americans?

·         What and who changes with the Supreme Court?

·         What happens with financial policies since the time of Hamilton to the 1840s?