SAT II World History : English Civil War and Great Britain

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Example Question #11 : English Civil War And Great Britain

All of the following were banned in Puritan England, EXCEPT __________.

Possible Answers:

plays

gambling

metalworking

sports

bars and pubs

Correct answer:

metalworking

Explanation:

When the Puritans came into prominence in England, they sought to implement a system of laws that reflected their interpretation of the Bible. Essentially anything that could be described as "sinful," or even just "entertainment," was banned. This included sports, drinking, plays, gambling, and many other components of English cultural tradition. Metalworking, of course, is more of a necessity than the others, not related to human behavior and so continued. 

Example Question #11 : The Enlightenment Era

All of the following were causes of the English Civil War except _____________.

Possible Answers:

King Charles' inability to work with Parliament

rising taxes

the rise of Oliver Cromwell

fear of a Catholic heir to the English throne

religious tensions between different Protestant sects

Correct answer:

the rise of Oliver Cromwell

Explanation:

Oliver Cromwell's rise to power occurred as a result of the fighting of the English Civil War, not the other way around.

The other answers-the king's inability to work with Parliament, high taxation (particularly ship money), tension between different Protestant sects, and fear of a Catholic heir (since the king's wife was Catholic)--describe factors that all contributed to the start of the English Civil War. 

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