First Essay Question: Chapters 2-4
From 1689 to 1763, several European nations vied for control of the North American continent. Citing specific examples, explain why England won this struggle.
I already wrote my essay, but I feel that I'm missing the right answers. My two points were that they were able to create thirteen colonies and defend them, while I pointed out the roll Georgia played.
Am I trying to hard and there is a simple answer? I really don't like my points, but it was all I could come up without mentioning the French and Indian war that doesn't get mentioned till the next chapters....
Essay Number Two: Chapters 5-7
To what extent and why did religious toleration increase in the American colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? Answer with reference to at least three specific individuals, events, or movements in American religion during this time period.
To what extent: people could worship or not worship as they pleased.
1. The Great Awakening
a. Taught the colonial people that they could be bold when confronting religious authority
2. Blending of nationalities, that brought different religions together
a. A smaller number of people connected to one religion led to less laws about religion and its practices
I just can't come up with a third thing to reference too that is specific...
For the first one, I'd say you absolutely should include the French and Indian War, or at least ask your teacher if you can - the dates in the prompt go until 1763, and the French and Indian War was from 1754-1763... sounds to me like the prompt was designed with that war in mind. I mean, that was the event that really clinched British control of the eastern part of North America, since France basically ceded the entirety of eastern Canada to the British in the peace treaty. It is also a big enough war that you could really go into some depth about how the American Indians were involved, talk about how it affected the colonies' relationship with Britain, and things like that.
For the second question, I have to admit that I'm really not sure what to offer, but perhaps you could pick out an individual that had an impact on religion in the colonies and focus on him/her. Since that option is given in the prompt, I'm sure you could dig up someone and then look up some of their writings, sermons, poetry, or something along those lines.
Hope that helps.