AP U.S. History Mr. Silva Discussion Questions Unit 2: The American Revolution 1. Independence was probably inevitable by the end of 1775. Comment on the validity of this statement. 2. What might have caused some people to remain Loyalists? 3. Was the American Revolution a conservative or radical movement? Explain. 4. The Declaration of Independence has been variously interpreted as a bid for French support, an attempt to swing uncommitted Americans to the Revolutionary cause, a statement of universal principles, and an affirmation of the traditional rights of Englishmen. To what extent, if any, are these interpretations in conflict? 5. Americans have been idealists in going to war but realists at the peace table. Assess the validity of this statement for the Revolutionary War. 6. The American Revolution should really be called the “British Revolution” because marked changes in British colonial policy were more responsible for the final political division than were American actions. Assess this statement. 7. Why did the greater disruption of the war not lead to greater social upheaval in the new United States?