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1. Discuss the impact of the Seven Years War on Britain’s North American colonies. Give consideration to events of the war itself and to developments after the signing of the Peace of Pairs in 1763.

2. How did British colonists in North America define their constitution? How did they employ constitutional arguments in their opposition to Parliamentary taxation and other acts regarded as oppressive?

3. You are a member of the House of Commons in 1765. Having heard of the hostile response to the Stamp Act, argue for or against its repeal.

4. You are Jon Dickinson. A legislator from another colony has asked you to summarize your arguments in Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer. Do so.

5. How did colonists respond to the Townshend duties and the Suspending Act of 1767?

6. Some historians have referred to the years between repeal of most of the Townshend duties in 1770 and enactment of the Tea Act in 1773 as the Quiet Year. Were they really that quiet? Why, or why not?

7. Discuss the key provisions of the coercive Acts and the Quebec Act. Why were the provisions of these acts so feared and hated by most of the colonists?

8. You are a member of the First Continental Congress. How do you plan to respond to the enactments of Parliament earlier in 1774?

9. Summarize the key developments in the Anglo-American constitutional conflict during 1775. How did events during this year make reconciliation unlikely?

10. You are a member of the Second Continental Congress in June 1775. Do you believe the Declaration of the Cause and Necessities of Taking up Arms is justified? Explain why.

Also, explain in a few sentences:

Peace of Paris
Gaspee incident
Proclamation of 1763
Tea Act of 1773
Sugar Act
Ebenezer Baldwin
James Otis
Chatham Compromise
Stamp Act Congress
Joseph Galloway
William Pitt
Daniel Dulaney
Declaratory Act
Suspending Act
Charles Townshend
Internal vs external taxation
Committees of Inspection
Committees of Correspondence
John Wilkes
Virtual representation
Earl of Hillsborough
Non-importation agreements
Regulators

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1) The Seven Years war was fought between 1756 and 1763. It was known as a global struggle focused on the events in the North America, it was a conflict known as the French and Indian War in America, officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting between England and France had been going on in North America for years. First of all, France came into the conflicts with Britain and then the Britain had suffered many defeats against France. In 1757, British Prime Minister William Pitt organized the expansion that will produce the victory against the France, he gave a financial support to Prussia's struggle against France and her allies in Europe and compensated the colonies for the raising of armies in North America. In 1760, The French colonies were expelled from Canada and in 1763 France made a peaceful agreement with Prussia but France was defeated against British forces in India. In February 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed where France France lost all claims to Canada and gave Louisiana to Spain...

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