United States History

2015 AP U.S. History Practice Exam Multiple-Choice Questions 13

Questions 11 – 13 refer to the excerpts below.

“Wherefore, security being the true design and end of government, it unanswerably follows that whatever form thereof appears most likely to ensure it to us, with the least expense and greatest benefit, is preferable to all others…. Here too is the design and end of government, Freedom and Security.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

“[G]overnments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776

The principles expressed by Paine and Jefferson best account for which of the following features of the United States during and immediately after the American Revolution?

(A) The development of factions and nascent political parties
(B) The rapid expansion of frontier settlements
(C) The relatively limited powers of the Articles of Confederation
(D) The growth of conflict between wealthy elites and poor farmers and laborers

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