Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition & Importance


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The first democratically-elected legislative government created in British North America was called the...

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1. What is a burgess?

2. How did England try to reign in the House of Burgesses after the English Civil War?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will ask you questions about the Virginia House of Burgesses in an attempt to determine your knowledge of this historical government system. Quiz questions include defining burgess and how England tried to maintain control.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Be prepared to answer questions relating to:

  • England's relationship with the House of Burgesses
  • The first democratically-elected legislative body in British North America
  • House of Burgesses prior to the American Revolution
  • Definition of a burgess

Skills Practiced

You will be given an opportunity to practice these skills while taking the quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding England's actions after the English Civil War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about actions prior to the American Revolution

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Virginia House of Burgesses and its impact on early America, review the accompanying lesson called Virginia House Of Burgesses: Definition, Importance & Quiz. The lesson will address the following time periods of the House of Burgesses:

  • Creation
  • After the English Civil Wars
  • Before the American Revolution