AP U.S. History Exam 2.11

AP U.S. History Exam 2.11. How does the excerpt reflect the colonists' ability to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War?

APAP U.S. History
AP U.S. HistoryExam
LanguageEnglish Language
Test PrepAP U.S. History
The Colonial Independence Movement and the War for IndependenceSuccess of the Patriot Cause
Support for the Patriot Movement
U.S. HistoryAP U.S. History

Transcript

00:12

[ mumbles ]

00:18

All right, and the question:

00:19

How does the excerpt reflect the colonists' ability

00:22

to defeat the British in the Revolutionary War?

00:25

And here are your potential answers.

00:27

[ mumbles ]

00:32

[ mumbling continues ]

00:35

All right, the colonists may not have had the guns and glory

00:37

of the British empire, but they had more than a few tricks

00:39

up their raggedy, homemade sleeves

00:42

during the fight for American independence.

00:43

So does the excerpt suggest that colonists were able to

00:46

defeat the British in the Revolutionary War because A-

00:48

the colonists were familiar with the North American landscape?

00:52

Well, in addition to having the backing of other European nations,

00:55

the colonists had quite the advantage over the British

00:57

in their familiarity with the North American landscape.

01:00

But neither of these is mentioned in the excerpt,

01:03

so we need to land somewhere else.

01:04

Does the passage claim colonists were able to defeat the British

01:07

because D - the colonists had strong, well-trained military leadership?

01:12

Well, the rebels had several things pointing in their favor,

01:15

but a well-trained military was not one of them.

01:17

So if we drill B out of existence, then

01:19

that means the rebels were able to win the Revolutionary War

01:22

because C - the colonists were fighting with passion

01:25

for a personal ideology.

01:27

John Adams' speech suggests the colonists were fighting for

01:30

their own personal freedoms and that passion gave them

01:33

a distinct advantage over the British military,

01:35

who just basically hired dogs to go

01:38

fight a war they didn't really care about. So C is the right answer.

01:41

This ideological zeal helped fuel the rebels through

01:44

several terrible winters, but that taste for freedom might have

01:47

been a little heartier if it came with a loaf of bread and a warm cup of soup.

01:51

[ sneeze ]