The Proclamation of Neutrality: Definition & Significance


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Which president issued the Proclamation of Neutrality?

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1. Who was sent from France to garner American support in the war between France and Great Britain in 1793?

2. What did Helvidius (James Madison) argue in the Pacificus-Helvidius Debates of 1793-1794?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Proclamation of Neutrality generated strong debate between those who agreed with the decree and those who did not. The following quiz requires knowledge of the associated political figures, their viewpoints, and the events that came about due to the proclamation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass this quiz, you need to recall information related to:

  • Who issued the Proclamation of Neutrality
  • French response to the proclamation
  • Viewpoints presented in the Pacificus-Helvidius Debates

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the war between Great Britain and France in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can review information regarding the Proclamation of Neutrality and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast viewpoints expressed by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison

Additional Learning

To learn more about the specifics surrounding the Proclamation of Neutrality, see the lesson called The Proclamation of Neutrality: Definition & Significance. Topics explored in this lesson include:

  • European war of 1793
  • France's history with the United States
  • Short and long term effects of the proclamation