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1. Who was Daniel Morgan, and what role did he play in the American Revolution?

2. Why was it important for the Americans to win the support of France during the Revolution?

3. What change in the construction of rifles helped the Americans during the Revolutionary War?

4. What were some of the innovative ways Americans fought disease during the Revolution? What were the risks and potential rewards of these methods?

5. What are three major reasons the Americans won the Revolutionary War? Give some specific examples from this program or from your own reading.





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Question for Episode 1: Rebels           

Answer any 15 of the following fill in the blank questions, then respond to the written questions and the Primary source questions.

1. May 1610, John Rolfe is an English farmer that crosses the Atlantic in _______months, today it takes _____ hours.

2. North America has abundant __________, untapped resources and forests that cover _____ the land with over _____ billion trees.

3. Jamestown is first settled with 500 settlers, only _____ remain when Rolfe shows up.

4. John Rolfe plants _______________ whose world market is currently controlled by the _____________________. Selling seeds to foreigners is punishable by _______________

5. TRUE OR FALSE: Rolfe’s crop is worth over 1 million dollars in today’s money.

6. TRUE OR FALSE: John Rolfe marries the Powhatan princess named Pocahontas.

7. In two years, _________________ grows in every garden.

8. Some slaves go onto own land in _____________.

9. America is founded on tobacco; it will be America’s largest export for _______ years.

10. The next settlers arrive at ____________ and are called _____________ that are seeking ____________freedom.

11. The pilgrims came across the Atlantic in a ship called the ______________.

12. During the first three months ________ of the pilgrims died.

13. Today more than ______% of Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower passengers.

14. The pilgrims befriend the Wampanoag Indians that taught them to fertilize crops with ________________.

15. TRUE OR FALSE: The pilgrims returned the favor by helping the Wampanoag Indians attack other Indian tribes.

16. Both pilgrims and Indians celebrated this new friendship in a feast known as _______________.

17. A period of _____________ grows over the 13 colonies as more and more settlers come across the Atlantic Ocean.

18. The Irish, Germans and Swedish push back the frontier while the ___________ eventually establish New York.

19. The Colonists are now ________ taller and ___________ than their European Contemporaries.

20. Puritans average _____ children and are _____% richer and pay _____ of the taxes that the British pay.

21. Many colonists still think of themselves as ___________________.

22. May, 1768, John Hancock doesn’t want to pay _________ to a King ______________ miles away

23. King George sends ___________________ Red Coats to help enforce his laws.

24. October 1768, the British control Boston’s ports that produce ___________ ships a year.

25. Who captures the moment British soldiers kill five citizens in Boston?

26. What is the British Response to the Boston Tea party?

27. What important Concept comes from the Continental Congress in Philadelphia?

28. What were the Rebels’ chances of victory at Lexington & Concord? Why?




America the Story of Us Episode 1: Rebels


1. What was the Powhatan Confederacy and how did this group interact with the British settlers?

2. What were the most difficult challenges faced by the Plymouth and Jamestown settlers? Do you think they could have done anything to prepare more adequately for life in the Americas?

3. What role did disease play in encounters between native groups and the first British settlers?

4. Who was Prince Estabrook and what was his contribution to American history?

5. In this episode, America is referred to as a “social experiment.” What do you think this phrase means? Do you think the “experiment” is still ongoing?




Primary Source: Powhatan Address to Captain John Smith, 1609

“I am now grown old and must soon die, and the succession must descend in order, to my brothers, Opitchapam, Opechancanough, and Kekataugh, and then to my two sisters, and their two daughters.

I wish their experience was equal to mine, and that your love to us might not be less than ours to you. Why should you take by force that from us which you can have by love? Why should you destroy us who have provided you with food? What can you get by war? We can hide our provisions and fly into the woods. And then you must consequently famish by wrongdoing your friends.

What is the cause of your jealousy? You see us unarmed and willing to supply your wants if you come in a friendly manner; not with swords and guns as to invade an enemy. I am not so simple as not to know that it is better to eat good meat, lie well, and sleep quietly with my women and children; to laugh and be merry with the English...

I, therefore, exhort you to peaceable councils, and above all I insist that the guns and swords, the cause of all our jealousy and uneasiness, be removed and sent away.”



1. What do you think was Powhatan’s overall message to John Smith?

2. What do you think Powhatan meant by “you must consequently famish by wrongdoing your friends”?