Which of these statements most closely describes the feelings of American colonists toward their British rulers in 1765?
a. Colonists wanted to be independent of English rule as soon as they heard about the Proclamation Line.
b. Colonists began to wonder how much power Parliament had to tax the colonies.
c. Colonists wanted the same tax rate as relatives in London.
d. Colonists hated the British.
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Of these choices, the best answer is B.
A and D are very similar answers. What they are saying is that there was great animosity towards Britain and/or a desire to be independent as early as 1765. This is not accurate. At this point, essentially no one was thinking independence.
C makes more sense since we know the colonists were interested in having the same rights as people in England. But tax rates in the colonies were actually lower than those in England.
That leaves B, which is correct because the colonists were concerned about taxes that were imposed on them by Parliament. They felt that Parliament should not have an unlimited right to impose taxes on them.
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