Cuyamaca College History Questions

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  1. At the Second Continental Congress, explain reasons why George Washington was selected to head the Continental Army.
  2. Within the history of making the Declaration of Independence, describe what the Second Continental Congress did on July 2nd, 1776 and what the Congress did on July 4th, 1776. Your answer will explain why Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th.
  3. List some of the military or geographic advantages and disadvantages among both the British and American forces in the American Revolution.
  4. Explain why some would argue that the Battle of Saratoga became a key turning point in the American Revolution.
  5. Briefly describe Benedict Arnold's treasonous actions during the American Revolution. What became of Arnold after these actions were discovered.
  6. List TWO features in the Articles of Confederation and how they were changed under the United States Constitution. You may focus on methods of congressional voting, taxation, powers of the state, structure of the national government, etc.
  7. During the Constitutional ratification period from 1787-88, list and describe TWO fundamental Anti-Federalist objections toward the U.S. Constitution.
  8. Describe how someone became the U.S. Vice-President under the original U.S. Constitution and how that was changed under the Twelfth Amendment.
  9. Describe TWO major provisions of the Alien and Sedition Acts (1798) and why these acts appeared to attack the Democratic Republican party.
  10. Explain why the actions of French leader Napoleon Bonaparte helped the United States complete the Louisiana Purchase (1803)