Colonial Government Forms: Charter, Proprietary & Royal Colonies


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Which of the following is a characteristic shared by colonial American governments?

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1. Which type of colonies were governed by an individual or head of a family who had received the colony as a grant from the King?

2. Which type of colonies were governed by a joint stock company?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet combo, you'll be tested on the types of American colonial governments and their qualities. You'll need to know both the common characteristics of the different colonial governments as well as the distinctive features of each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will gauge your knowledge of:

  • Type of colony governed by an individual or head of a family granted the colony by the King
  • Colonies ruled by a joint stock company
  • Variety of colony presided over by the King through a royal governor

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of colonial governments in different contexts
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the different types of colonies
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the king's role in American colonial governments

Additional Learning

To ensure your understanding of the topic, review the accompanying lesson, Colonial Government Forms: Charter, Proprietary & Royal Colonies. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Learn about the general character that defined the American colonies
  • Identify the three main types of colonial governments
  • Understand the features common to all thirteen colonies
  • Find examples of each of the three main colony types