Jaekyung L.

asked • 07/27/21

APUSH - Multiple choice Questions

Questions 13–15 refer to the excerpt below.


There was with General Washington, during most of the summer, a Seneca chief, called The Great Tree, who, on leaving the head-quarters of the Commander-in-chief, professed the strongest friendship for the American cause, and his first object, after his return to his own people, was to inspire them with his own friendly sentiments. While passing through the Oneida nation on his way home, he professed the strongest confidence in his ability to keep his own tribe bound in the chain of friendship, and pledged himself, in the event of his failure, to come down with his friends and adherents and join the Oneidas. Early in October [1778], Mr. Dean, the Indian interpreter and agent in the Oneida territory, . . . had despatched messengers to the Seneca country, who had returned with unfavorable intelligence. It was stated, that on his arrival in his own country, The Great Tree found his tribe all in arms. The warriors had been collected from the remotest of their lodges, and were then thronging the two principal towns, Kanadaseago and Jennesee. Having heard that the Americans were preparing an expedition against their country, they had flown to arms; and The Great Tree was himself determined to chastise the enemy who should dare to penetrate his country. The Oneida messengers were farther told that all the Indians west of their own tribe, including, of course, the Onondagas, together with the Indian settlements on the Susquehanna and its branches, were to join them. They were to rendezvous somewhere on the Tioga, and make a descent either upon the Pennsylvania or New Jersey frontier.


(William E. Stone, Life of Joseph Brant—Thayendanegea, published in 1838)




13. The above excerpt most directly reflects which dominant goal of Native Americans during the colonial war for independence?

  1. to remain neutral in the conflict no matter what occurred
  2. to forge advantageous alliances in hopes of protecting their own interests
  3. to protect fur trade networks with the French
  4. to avoid alliances with other tribes

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14. The nature of the relationships amongst the various Native American tribes revealed in the excerpt best supports which statement?

  1. The tribes successfully maintained a strong confederacy in their common goal to stop further European settlement of their lands.
  2. Indecision and chaos amongst the tribes weakened their resolve to fight for protection of their lands.
  3. Divisions among the tribes contributed to their loss in their fight to limit migration of white settlers.
  4. Warfare between the tribes did not contribute to their defeat in the fight to save their lands.

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15. What motivation would Native American tribes have had for forging alliances with the British during the colonial war for independence? (2 points)[/HTML]

  1. The Native American tribes wanted to forge a united front to fight white encroachment.
  2. British government policy had at times tried to protect Native American lands and control colonial expansion westward.
  3. Native Americans would be able to increase their trade with all the European powers through their trade with the British.
  4. French colonists often destroyed tribal settlements in retaliation for the tribe’s support for the British.

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