AP U.S. History Exam 2.11. How does the excerpt reflect the colonists' ability to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War?
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All right, and the question:
How does the excerpt reflect the colonists' ability
to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War?
And here are your potential answers.
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All right, the colonists may not have had the guns and glory
of the British empire, but they had more than a few tricks
up their raggedy, homemade sleeves
during the fight for American independence.
So does the excerpt suggest that colonists were able to
defeat the British in the Revolutionary War because A-
the colonists were familiar with the North American landscape?
Well, in addition to having the backing of other European nations,
the colonists had quite the advantage over the British
in their familiarity with the North American landscape.
But neither of these is mentioned in the excerpt,
so we need to land somewhere else.
Does the passage claim colonists were able to defeat the British
because D - the colonists had strong, well-trained military leadership?
Well, the rebels had several things pointing in their favor,
but a well-trained military was not one of them.
So if we drill B out of existence, then
that means the rebels were able to win the Revolutionary War
because C - the colonists were fighting with passion
for a personal ideology.
John Adams' speech suggests the colonists were fighting for
their own personal freedoms and that passion gave them
a distinct advantage over the British military,
who just basically hired dogs to go
fight a war they didn't really care about. So C is the right answer.
This ideological zeal helped fuel the rebels through
several terrible winters, but that taste for freedom might have
been a little heartier if it came with a loaf of bread and a warm cup of soup.
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