Student name:_________________ Class:_________________ Date:_________

Webquest on the Birth of the American Republic
This webquest begins here: http://cyberlearning-world.com/nhhs/amrev/revpaper.htm
Answer the questions by examining each section of the website called "You Are There: 
A Revolutionary On-line Newspaper"

The Mayflower Compact

1) Who wrote the Mayflower Compact?________________________________________
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2) Why is this document important in the development of American government?
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3) Find a word on the web page the means "self-rule."__________________________

The Stamp Tax Imposed

4) What was the purpose of the stamp tax?____________________________________
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5) What was the phrase the colonists used to express their opposition to the Stamp Act?
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Second Continental Congress Meets for the First Time

6) Name three famous delegates to the Continental Congress?
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7) What efforts did the Congress make to settle differences peacefully with the King?
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Parliament Passes Coercive Acts

8) What event was the immediate cause of the passage of the Coercive Acts?
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9) List two other rules imposed on the port of Boston and the colony of Massachusetts by the 
"Intolerable Acts?"
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Declaration of Independence Signed

10) List the four main parts of the Declaration of Independence:
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11) Name two accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson up to that time.
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The Articles of Confederation: Articles Finally Ratified

12) What word describes the power given to the states by the Articles of Confederation?
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13) Look at the cartoon. Who was more powerful in terms of collecting taxes?

Treaty of Paris Signed, 1783

14) What were the three major elements of the treaty in respect to the independence of the 
 new United States?________________________________________________________
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15) Read the editorial on the treaty. How does this writer feel about England and its relationship 
with the new America?
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Shays' Rebellion

16) List several ideas against which the farmers were protesting.
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17) What do you think Shays' rebellion represented to the leaders of the US under the
Articles of Confederation?____________________________________________________
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The Great Compromise: The Compromise of the Century

18) Summarize each plan in several bullets or phrases:

The New Jersey Plan The Virginia Plan The Connecticut Compromise
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George Washington: First American President Elected

19) Describe the process by which Washington was elected.
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20) How was John Adams elected as vice president?

21) To which political party did Washington and Adams belong?
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22) What did their party believe about how government should be run?
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23) A) Where did Washington make his home? ___________________________________
       B) In what city was he inaugurated (it was the nation's capital at that time)____________


First Federal Congress Meets

24) Name one major issue that faced the new government as Congress met for the first time?
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Federalist Papers Lead to Ratification of the Constitution

25) What was the main purpose of the Federalist Papers?
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26) What were some of the objections to the new constitution raised by anti-federalists like Patrick
 Henry?
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