Semester Final Review Questions

The Semester Final consists of 50 multiple choice questions and a DBQ.

Suggested units of study and some essential questions are listed below. The questions are intended as starting points for your review. Please supply a set of dates for each period. The units may overlap in terms of dates. 

Organize groups and assign responsibilities. You will have class time January 6 and 7 to review the material. Make sure all class members get access to the review materials you create.

Contact and Early Settlement
What kinds of changes resulted from contact between native people and Europeans? What were the motives of settlement in the various colonies and regions? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Colonial Period
How did the colonies and regions develop socially, economically, politically, and culturally? What was the relationship between the colonies and Great Britain, and how did the relationship develop over time? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Revolution
How did the relationship between Great Britain and the colonies change over time? What were the important events or developments that led to that change? What were the causes and consequences of the Revolution? How did Revolution affect the colonies socially, politically, economically, and culturally? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Constitution and Nation Building
How did the federal form of government emerge in the United States? What were the conflicts that accompanied that development? What were the causes and consequences of the political debate of the 1780s and 1790s? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Age of Jefferson
How did the election of Jefferson reflect the changes that had taken place in the new republic? What were Jefferson’s political principles and to what extend did they guide American development? What were the causes and consequences of the War of 1812? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Age of Jackson
How did the election of Jackson reflect the changes that had taken place in the United States during the “Era of Good Feelings?” What were the political, economic and social priorities of the Jacksonians? What were the political debates of the period? What was Jackson’s legacy? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Market Revolution and Reform
What were the origins of the Market Revolution and what were its economic, social and cultural consequences? How did reformers respond to economic, social and cultural change of the period? How did a distinctive American identity continue to develop in this period? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Manifest Destiny and the Impending Crisis
What were the political consequences of expansion in the first half of the 19th century? What were the causes and consequences of the war with Mexico? What were the causes and consequences of the political crisis of the 1850s? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

Civil War and Reconstruction
What were the causes and consequences of the Civil War? What were the contributions of women and black people in the war? To what extent was American society changed as a result of the war? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.

The West
How was the West changed as a result of expansion? How was the United States changed as a result of expansion? How did the Indian Policy of the United States government change over time and how did that policy affect Native Americans? How would you date this period of history? Explain your rationale.