HISTORY 1301 (Distance Learning)


Because the history of the United States was shaped and influenced to a large degree by the geography of the continent, it is imperative that students know the basic details of United States geography. Therefore the student will be required to take a geography map test. A couple of websites that might help you with the map quiz are: Drag and Drop the States and The USA Quiz

The multiple-choice map test will be taken in the Testing Center on an answer sheet provided by the Testing Center.

The map test will be the first test taken in this course and must be completed by the deadline date listed in the syllabus.

Any good atlas will help you locate all of the features that you need to identify. Your text has a map that shows most of the features listed below. A practice map which may be copied for study is found below.

The test will specify thirty (30) of the following and ask the student to locate them on a map:
All 50 states by name Great Basin
Canada Great Plains
Mexico Chesapeake Bay
Atlantic Ocean Florida Keys
Pacific Ocean Long Island
Gulf of Mexico Cape Cod
Hudson River 49 s North Latitude
Ohio River Washington D.C.
Mississippi River New York City
Missouri River Philadelphia
Red River Boston
Columbia River Charleston, S.C.
Colorado River Chicago
Rio Grande River Austin, Texas
All 5 Great Lakes by name Richmond
Sierra Nevada Mountains Denver
Rocky Mountains



Chapters 1-4

Chapter 1

1. Describe the origins and life styles of the first settlers of North America.

2. Discuss the primary aspects of Aztec society.

3. Explain how the relationship between the Europeans & Indians evolved.

4. Describe the Portuguese relationship with West Africa.

5. Describe the first European settlers in North America.

6. List the European prerequisites for exploration in the 15th century.

7. Explain Christopher Columbus' motivation & accomplishments.

8. Describe the participants & results of the Treaty of Tordesillas.

9. Explain how the Spanish conquered the Aztecs.

10. Describe encomiendas and the early Spanish colonial system.

11. Describe the early French colonial system.

12. Explain the major religious beliefs and controversies in 16th century England.

13. Describe the Elizabethan Settlement in religion in 16th century England.

14. Describe England's relationship with Spain in the 16th century.

15. Discuss the Roanoke experiment in the late 16th century.

16. Discuss the works and impact of Richard Hakluyt.  

Chapter 2

1. Explain the factors that caused Englishmen to immigrate in the 16th & 17th centuries.

2. Describe the purposes and difficulties faced by the first English settlers in Virginia.

3. Describe the purposes and functions of Joint Stock Companies.

4. Explain the role of tobacco in colonial tidewater Virginia.

5. Describe the demographics of colonial Virginia.

6. Explain how the government of Virginia changed in 1624.

7. Describe the society & economy of Maryland in the 17th century.

8. Describe the founding, society & government of Plymouth colony.

9. Describe the basic tenets of Puritanism in Massachusetts Bay.

10. Describe the founding society of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

11. Describe the foundation & society of Rhode Island.

12. Describe the foundation & society of Connecticut.

13. Explain the Dutch experience in North America.

14. Describe the foundation & government of New Jersey.

15. Discuss the conditions for Quakers in England in the 17th century.

16. Describe the foundation, government & society of Pennsylvania.

18. Describe the foundation, government & society of South Carolina.

19. Explain the differences in the Carolina economy.

20. Describe the foundation, government & society of Georgia.
Chapter 3

1. Describe the New England society in the 17th century.

2. Explain the demographics, education, & labor system of New England in the 17th century.

3. Describe the lives of women in 17th century New England.

4. Explain the social standing & occupation of most 17th century New Englanders.

5. Describe the demographics of 17th century Chesapeake society.

6. Describe the economy of the Chesapeake society.

7. Explain the social classes and their relationships in Chesapeake society.

8. Discuss the key aspects of the growth of slavery in the 17th century.

9. Describe the social aspects of slavery in 17th century America.

10. Explain British commercial policy toward the American colonies prior to 1660.

11. Describe the policies and results of English Mercantilism.

12. Describe the Navigation Acts of 1660, 1663 & 1696.

13. Explain the participants & results of Bacon's Rebellion in 1676 Virginia.

14. describe the origins and results of King Philip's War. 

15. Describe the results of the Glorious Revolution in New England.

16. Describe the outbreak of the witchcraft hysteria in Salem and the results trials.   

Chapter 4

1. Describe the demographics of 18th century America.

2. Explain the origins & contributions of the Scotch-Irish in America.

3. Explain the origins & contributions of the Germans in America.

4. Explain the development and consequences of the "middle ground" in the early American west.

5. Describe the Spanish settlement in the Southwest in the 17th & 18th centuries.

6. Describe the influences and results of the American Enlightenment.

7. Describe the trans-Atlantic economy of the 18th century.

8. List the origins and results of the Great Awakening. Who were its leaders? How did it spread?

9. Describe the basic concepts of the 18th century English Constitution.

10. Discuss the realities of 18th century British politics.

11. Describe the main institutions of Royal Government in the colonies.

12. Discuss the rise of the colonial assemblies in power.

13. Describe the military events of King George's War in the colonies.

14. Evaluate the beginnings & results of the Seven Year's War for Britain & the colonies.

15. Describe the legacy of the Seven Year's War.

Chapters 5-8

Chapter 5

1. Who provided the initial stimulus for rebellion?

2. Describe the colonial population after the Seven Year's War.

3. Discuss King George III's governing style.

4. Name the concept that was at the heart of the Imperial/colonial struggle.

5. Describe the political theories of John Locke and the Commonwealthmen

6. Explain the differences between British & colonial views on representation.

7. Discuss the relationship between Native Americans and American colonists during and after the Seven Years War.

8. Discuss the outstanding legacy of the Seven Year's War.

9. List George Grenville's legislative program.

10. Describe colonial reaction to the Stamp Act.

11. Describe the intent & results of the Townshend Program.

12. Describe the origins & results of the Boston Massacre.

13. Describe the origins & results of the Boston Tea Party.

14. Describe the American response to the Intolerable (Coercive) Acts.

15. Name the location of the first battle of the American Revolution.

16. Discuss the accomplishments of the Second Continental Congress.

17. Describe the arguments and importance of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. 

18. List the advantages & disadvantages of both the Americans & British in the Revolution.

19. Describe the role of African Americans in the Revolution.

20. Describe the short-term & long-term results of the Battle of Saratoga. 

21. List the results of the Treaty of Paris of 1783.

22. Describe the situation Loyalists faced after the Revolution  

Chapter 6

1. Name the American political & social reforms that took place after the War.

2. Explain the position of African Americans in 1783.

3. Describe how the Revolution affected women's roles in society.

4. Describe the new state constitutions written during & after the Revolution.

5. Explain the purpose & structure of the Articles of Confederation.

6. Name the major obstacle to the ratification of the Articles of Confederation.

7. Describe the accomplishments of the Northwest Ordinances of 1785 & 1787.

8. List the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

9. Explain the events that led to the calling of the Constitutional Convention.

10. List the provisions of the Virginia Plan.

11. List the provisions of the New Jersey Plan.

12. List the provisions of the Connecticut Plan.

13. Explain the status of slaves within the Constitution.

14. Discuss how the Constitution was ratified.

15. List the advantages of the Federalists.

16. Describe the beliefs of the Antifederalists.

17. Describe in economic & geographic terms who supported the Constitution.

18. Name the major legacy of the Antifederalists.

19. Name the major rights included under the Bill of Rights.

Chapter 7

1. Explain George Washington's first responsibility as President.

2. Describe how Congress expanded the executive branch in 1789.

3. Describe how Congress expanded the judicial branch in 1789.

4. Discuss the background & political beliefs of Alexander Hamilton.

5. Discuss the background & political beliefs of Thomas Jefferson.

6. Describe Alexander Hamilton's financial plan in his three Reports.

7. Describe the controversies, supporters and opponents of Hamilton's economic plan.

8. Name the event that touched off debate on American foreign policy.

9. Explain the basic beliefs of what would become the Democratic-Republican Party in 1791.

10. Explain the basic beliefs of what would become the Federalist Party in 1791.

11. Discuss the results of Jay's Treaty in 1794.

12. Describe the origins & results of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

13. Name the political machinations and the results of the national election of 1796.

14. Describe the deterioration of French-American relations in 1797. What policies were the result?

15. Explain the purposes, policies and results of the Alien & Sedition Acts.

16. Name the issues and results of the national election of 1800.

Chapter 8

1. Describe the basic beliefs of the Democratic-Republican Party in 1801.

2. Discuss the motivation & movement of westerners in the early 19th century.

3. Discuss the goals of Jefferson's initial actions as president.

4. Describe how Jefferson wished to cut the national debt.

5. Explain how Louisiana became part of the U.S.

6. Discuss the goal of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

7. Describe Jefferson's policy toward the Federalist Party judges.

8. Explain the results & significance of
 Marbury v Madison.

9. Describe the Democratic-Republican Party's attack on the Federalist judges.

10. List the major legislation affecting the U.S. economy during the British-French war.

11. Describe the Paper Blockades and how the war between England and France affected the US.

12. Describe Jefferson's reaction of the British-French war. Describe the purposes and results of the Embargo Act of 1807.

13. Describe Madison's reaction to the British-French war.

14. Explain the causes of the War of 1812.

15. Name the U.S. disadvantages on entering the War of 1812.

16. Discuss in general terms the military campaigns (Canada, Chesapeake, & New Orleans) of the War of 1812.

17. Describe the demands of the Hartford Convention.

18. Explain the results of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814.


Chapters 9-12

Chapter 9

1. Describe how the U.S. acquired Florida.

2. Explain the commercial interest in the early Far West.

3. Name the primary sellers of much of the land bought by settlers.

4. Describe the culture and organization of the Cherokee and the rest of the 5 Civilized Tribes

5. Name the components of the revolution in transportation in the early 19th century.

6. Describe origins and end of  the Canal Age.

7. Describe the origins of the American market economy. What factors made it possible?

8. Identify the 5 factor which contributed to the development of the "cotton kingdom" in the South. 

9. Describe the growth of the early textile industry.]

10. Name the president associated with the Era of Good Feelings.

11. Describe the issues involved in the Missouri Compromise.

12. Discuss the basic beliefs of Chief Justice Marshall. what were the results of his most important decisions?

13. Describe the basic tenets of the Monroe Doctrine.
Chapter 10

1. Explain the rise of a democratic culture and the decline of deference in political terms.

2. Describe how politics changed in the 1820's. what was the most important political breakthrough?

3. Describe the candidates and controversies in the 1824 presidential election.

4. What was the "Corrupt Bargain" of 1824.

5. Describe the reasons John Quincy Adams had problems as president.

6. Discuss the formation of the Democratic Party.

7. Describe the basic aspects of the "Spoils System."

8. Describe Jackson's Indian policy and the removal of the 5 Civilized Tribes

9. Explain why the tariff hurt South Carolina so much.

10. Name the leader of the southern states' rights movement.

11. Describe the causes & results of the Nullification Crisis of 1832. Who resolved it. How?

12. Name the president of the Second National Bank.

13. Describe the events of the Bank War of 1832.

14. Explain how Jackson destroyed the Second National Bank.

15. Describe the rise of the Whig Party

16. Explain why Martin Van Buren's administration failed.

20. Describe the rise of the 2nd two party system and the presidential campaign of 1840.

Chapter 11

1. Describe the nature and results of Nat Turner's rebellion.

2. Describe the daily life of the average slave.

3. List the occupations held by slaves.

4. Describe the sociological relationships of the slave family.

5. Name the major American slave revolts.

6. Describe the various methods of slave resistance in the South.

7. Explain the role of Free Blacks in the Old South.

8. Explain the relationship of antebellum white society with slavery.

9. Describe the role of the large planters in the Old South.describe how they lived.

10. Discuss the role of the small slaveholders in the Old South.

11. Describe the economic and social characteristics of the yeoman whites in the Old South.

12. Describe the basis of the proslavery argument.

13. Describe the internal slave trade.

14. Name the major cash crop in coastal South Carolina & Georgia.

15. Name the major cash crop in southern Louisiana.

16. Explain the role of short staple cotton in the southern economy.

17. Explain the issue of the profitability of slavery.

Chapter 12

1. Describe the Second Great Awakening on the southern frontier.

2. Describe the Second Great Awakening in the north and who were the most prominent advocates.

3. Explain how the northern wing of the Second Great Awakening inspired social reform.

4. Discuss the development and consequences of the "Cult of Domesticity."

5. Describe the role of the child in the early 19th century.

6. Explain how education was extended in the 19th century.

7. Describe the Abolitionist movement in the north

8. Describe the Women's Rights Movement in the mid 19th century.


Chapters 13-16

Chapter 13

1. Name the major problems between U.S. citizens in Texas & the Mexican government.

2. List the major campaigns of the Texas Revolution.

3. Describe what happened when Texas tried to enter the U.S. in 1836.

4. Discuss the candidates, issues & results of the presidential election of 1844.

5. Name the winner of the presidential election of 1844.

6. Describe the basic tenets of Manifest Destiny.

7. Explain why the U.S. went to war with Mexico in 1846.

8. Name the major campaigns & U.S. military leaders in the Mexican War.

9. Explain the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

10. Describe the supporters and opponents of the "All Mexico Movement."

12. Explain how railroads transformed the economy.

13. Describe the features and results of the factory system.

14. List the countries that produced large numbers of immigrants to the U.S. in the 1840's & 1850's.

15. describe the causes of the Mass Immigration in the 1840s and 50s. What were the results?

Chapter 14

1. Explain the status of slavery in future states under the Constitution.

2. Describe the efforts to pass and the results of the Wilmot Proviso.

3. Describe the basic tenets of popular (or squatter) sovereignty.

4. Name the major political supporters and opponents of popular (or squatter) sovereignty. What were their arguments?

5. Name the presidential candidates & winner in the election of 1848.

6. Describe the basic parts of the Compromise of 1850.

7. Name the presidential candidates & winner in the election of 1852.

8. Explain the purposes, provisions and results of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.

9. Explain the origins & beliefs of the Know-Nothing Party.

10. Explain the origins of the Republican Party.

11. Describe the origins of Bleeding Kansas.

12. Name the presidential candidates & results of the election of 1856.

13. Discuss the findings of the Dred Scott case.

14. Explain the principles & results of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

15. Describe the results of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

16. Name the presidential candidates & results of the election of 1860.

17. Describe the basic beliefs of the Republican Party in 1860.

18. Describe the basic beliefs of the Democratic Parties in 1860.

19. Describe the basic beliefs of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860.

20. Describe how southerners saw the election of 1860.

Chapter 15

1. Name the first state to secede in 1860.

2. Explain the geographic, demographic & philosophic tenets of the southern secessionist movements.

3. describe the political tenor of the leaders of the new Confederate government.

4. Describe the differences in the Confederate Constitution from the U.S. Constitution.

5. Explain the parts & results of the Crittenden Compromise of 1861.

6. Discuss the first battle of the Civil War. What were the results for both the North and the South?

7. List the major northern advantages and disadvantages in the Civil War.

8. List the major southern advantages and disadvantages the Civil War.

9. Describe how both the North & South acquired manpower for their armies.

10. State the main reason that the Civil War was fought.

12. Explain why Lincoln was hesitant to abolish slavery.

13. Discuss the reasons for and the results of the Emancipation Proclamation.

14. Discuss the role of African Americans in the military.

15. Name the turning point of the Civil War in the west in 1863.

16. Name the turning point of the Civil War in the east in 1863.

17. Name the commander of the Union Army in the March to the Sea.

18. Name the candidates, issues & results of the presidential election of 1864

19. Name the place where General Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865.

20. Describe the different roles women played in the civil War.

21. Explain the constitutional issues solved by the Civil War.

22. Explain why the North won the Civil War.
Chapter 16

1. Explain the difference in reconstruction policy between Lincoln & Congress.

2. Describe Lincoln's plan for reconstruction.

3. Describe the Wade-Davis (Congress') plan for reconstruction.

4. Describe Andrew Johnson's reconstruction plan.

5. Detail Andrew Johnson's actions that led to a break with Congress.

6. Discuss the major provisions of the 14th Amendment.

7. Discuss the purposes and provisions of the Black Codes

8. Describe the results of the elections of 1866.

9. Describe Congressional reconstruction policy in 1867.

10. Explain the origins & results of the Impeachment crisis of 1868.

11. Describe the economy of the south after the Civil War.

12. Name the groups in the Republican coalition in the south after 1867.

13. Describe the political & fiscal policies of the southern Republican reconstruction governments.

14. Describe how the South tried to prevent African Americans from voting

15. Explain why reconstruction failed.

16. Describe the candidates & results of the presidential election of 1876.

17. Describe the Compromise of 1877.

18. Who were the Redeemers and what did they want to do?


 HISTORY 1301 (DL) Sample Test Questions

The following are sample test questions you might expect to encounter on the exams covering the textbook material. They fall into three categories: 1) the "Except type question, 2) the "All of the above are correct" variety, which may include selections such as “Only A and B” or “Only B and C,” and 3) the one-concept answer type question. 

The "Except question is the MOST FREQUENTLY used type of question. It is used when there is more than one factor or cause that precipitated the event mentioned in the Learning Objective and it is important that you recognize all of these factors. For example, Chapter 1 Learning Objective 1 asks you to identify life styles of the first settlers.  

The second type of question, the "All of the above are correct" question, is used when there are 4 or 5 important factors and you need to know them. A sample question might read: 

The Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 A) was negotiated by Pope Alexander VI, B) divided the world between Spain & Portugal, C) gave Portugal the West Coast of Africa & the eastern route to China, D) gave Spain North America & the western route to China E) All of the above are correct. In this case the correct answer is choice "E" since all of the first four choices are correct parts of the total answer.

The third type of question is the one concept answer type of question. An example of this is Chapter 5 Learning Objective 12 requiring you to name the location of the first battle of the American Revolution. The corresponding question might be: The American Revolution began when militia resisted British troops at A) New York, B) Lexington, C) Concord, D) Philadelphia, E) none of these is correct.  Obviously "B" is the correct answer.

Most of the Learning Objectives have several important factors, influences, steps, results or developments (whichever the Learning Objective requires) and therefore as you review the text to find the answers, you ought to find three or four factors, etc. for each Learning Objective. Relatively few of the Learning Objectives can be answered with one word answers such as found in the third type of question. As you find the three or four pertinent factors, etc. for each Learning Objective, WRITE OUT your answer, and then study your notes; you ought to do well on the exams. If you simply skim the text looking for one word answers to the Learning Objectives, you WILL have difficulty with the exams. Put the time into studying and you should be pleased with your test results.