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Ch 4: HiSET: The American Revolution (1775-1783)

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Study with us to learn about the American Revolution. Our videos and quizzes can help you prepare for the HiSET Social Studies test through lessons on the Declaration of Independence, Battle of Yorktown, Valley Forge and more.

HiSET: The American Revolution (1775-1783) - Chapter Summary

Prepare for questions related to the battles, politics and economics of the American Revolution on the HiSET Social Studies test with help from these online videos and quizzes. The lessons in this chapter include topics on:

  • The start of the Revolution
  • The Second Continental Congress
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Loyalists and patriots
  • George Washington
  • Treaty of Paris
  • Social and economic impacts
  • The Second Great Awakening

The lessons in this chapter are taught by experienced instructors who use fun illustrations to help you understand and retain important details about this time period in American history. There is also a multiple-choice quiz and a lesson transcript for each video, and an end-of-chapter test is available to help test your knowledge before test day.

HiSET: The American Revolution (1775-1783) Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam similar to the GED that tests your knowledge through five subtests in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The social studies subtest includes 50 multiple-choice questions from a variety of content areas, including history, government, psychology, economics, anthropology and geography. The test questions may ask you to tell the difference between fact and opinion, judge sources and draw valid conclusions. The questions may also include timelines, documents, maps, charts or reading passages.

The topics in this chapter may be covered within the history content area of this exam; this content area makes up 38% of test questions. Prepare for questions related to the American Revolution through the video lessons and quizzes in this chapter. The quizzes not only help you test your comprehension of key points from this era, but also let you practice answering questions in a similar format to the actual exam.

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: HiSET: The American Revolution (1775-1783)
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Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

1. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

2. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1763 marked the beginning of the long road to revolution for the American colonies. By 1775, military actions had finally erupted. How were the colonists and their leaders going to respond?

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

3. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

4. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

In this lesson, learn about the difficult decisions faced by individuals as the American Revolution erupted. Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Are you sure about that?

George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

5. George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

After a series of setbacks in 1776, George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army helped America turn the tide of the war in three pivotal locations, prompting France to recognize the United States as a nation and an ally.

John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

6. John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

Naval battles in the American Revolution are something of a lost chapter in history. Find out about the world's first military submarine, the privateers of the Continental Navy, and the helpful actions of three foreign allies at sea.

Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

7. Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

After surrendering their northern army in the American Revolution, British leaders looked to the Southern Strategy. General Charles Cornwallis hoped that loyalist forces would hold territory so he could sweep north and end the war in Virginia.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

8. The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

After the unsuccessful Southern Strategy, General Cornwallis pulled his army up to Yorktown, Virginia. A combined effort by the armies and navies of America and France resulted in British surrender and the 1783 Treaty of Paris that recognized the United States of America.

American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

9. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

Learn about the impact of the Revolutionary War throughout the world, especially on various segments of American society. We'll look at political, social, and economic impacts.

The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

10. The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

The spirit of the Revolution led to changes in American churches in the post-war years. Beginning with a boom in evangelism and missionary work, the Second Great Awakening soon led to social reform, an intertwining of religious values with civic values, and a lasting emphasis on morality in daily life.

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