Ch 3: HiSET: The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)

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Learn about the events that took place during America's developing years by watching this chapter's online videos. The lessons are designed to prepare you to answer questions on early U.S. History when you take the HiSET examination.

HiSET - The Road to Revolution (1700-1774) - Chapter Summary

Use the video lessons in this chapter to explore some of the history topics you'll need to know to pass the HiSET examination. The videos outline various wars, movements, acts and revolutions that occurred between 1700 and 1774. For instance, you can learn about the Sugar, Currency and Stamp Acts, and examine the details of the Boston Tea Party and the Great Awakening. Utilize the information in this chapter so that you can:

  • Describe the events of the American Enlightenment
  • Explain the consequences of the First Great Awakening
  • Understand the causes of the French and Indian War
  • Discuss the formation of the Sons of Liberty
  • Explain the events of the Boston Massacre and understand the Boston Tea Party

Watch the video lessons in this chapter, then use your knowledge to your advantage when you take the HiSET examination. The animated lessons are taught by experienced instructors. They include video tags for quickly locating main points in the lessons as well as written transcripts that correspond to the videos. You may take the lesson quizzes to determine how well you are remembering the material.

HiSET The Road to Revolution (1700-1774) Objectives

The HiSET examination is a computer-based high school equivalency exam. You'll be required to answer U.S. history questions as well as world history, economics, geography and civics/government questions when you take the social studies subtest of the multi-part examination. Questions on pre-Revolutionary U.S. history are found in the history portion, which covers 38% of the social studies subtest. You can expect to answer 50 multiple-choice questions in 70 minutes on this subtest.

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: HiSET: The Road to Revolution (1700-1774)
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The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

1. The First Great Awakening: Religious Revival and American Independence

While the Enlightenment was shaping the minds of 18th-century colonists, another movement, the First Great Awakening, was shaping their hearts. With freedom of conscience at its core, the Awakening led Americans to break with religious traditions and seek out their own beliefs while sharing common values.

The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

2. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

In the mid-1700s, the Seven Years' War involved all of the world's major colonial powers on five continents. The biggest fight was between France and Great Britain, and the victor would come away with control of North America.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

3. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

4. Boston Massacre: Colonists and the Declaratory and Townshend Acts

After overturning the hated Stamp Act, Parliament asserted its right to tax the colonists without representation by passing the Declaratory Act. When the Townshend Acts imposed import duties, the colonists went into action again. An escalating cycle of violence ended with the Boston Massacre, resulting in the cancellation of all duties except the one on tea.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

5. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.

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