What was the significance of the Boston Tea Party?
The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773. It was when colonists dumped tea off three ships into the Boston Harbor in an act of protest against the British for high taxation in the colonies when colonists did not have representation. Tea was one of many good taxed heavily and the colonists were frustrated. In response to this, the British set down laws about Intolerable Acts, which the colonists saw as a further attempt to completely control them. The significance of this protest is that it was one of many events that led up to the American Revolutionary War, which eventually resulted in American independence from the British. The British response to the Boston Tea Party also further frustrated the colonists and created even more support for a revolution.
What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor? Give an example of both.
A simile is a comparison between two objects that uses the word "like" or the word "as." For example, "The boy ran down the mountain quickly like the gushing river." A metaphor is a comparison between two objects that typically does NOT involve the usage of the words "like" or "as." For example, "The boy ran down the mountain faster than the gushing river."
Describe some of the causes of the start of World War I. Give a few examples.
World War I was the result of multiple issues and circumstances colliding to sustain tensions between countries in Europe. First, long-standing tensions existed between European imperialist powers regarding their colonies around the world. It was a question of who owned what land and where borders would stand, and so on. Yet another significant cause was that some countries were increasing their own military might and others felt inclined to increase theirs in response to this. Nationalism was also very high in most European countries. Finally, multiple countries had formed treaties requiring that if one party was attacked, the other would jump to their assistance. For example, Britain and France had a pact like this and so did Germany and Austria-Hungary. This meant that when one country experienced tension with another, other countries would also be pulled into the conflict. This did, indeed, take place when Austria-Hungary's Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo and then launched an attack on Serbia. Serbia's alliance with Russia meant it joined the conflict as well. This assassination was the key contributing factor to the beginning of World War I in 1914.