Grade 8 History Question: Policy Shifts

What does the text mean when it says ” the British sometimes wavered about how to proceed with each of [the four groups of people they’re trying to satisfy in the colonies of North America]”

Prepare a straightforward and brief response to this question.  Post your response as a reply.  Don’t duplicate someone else’s response.


11 thoughts on “Grade 8 History Question: Policy Shifts

  1. It means the British occasionally became undecided between several courses of action for how to make each of the groups living in North America happy, especially when one group’s demands did not match up with another group’s. Land area and resource distribution are good examples of things that might cause disputes between two groups.


  2. The text means that the different desires of the different groups of people were sometimes difficult to satisfy. If they are wavering, then that is implying that the decision is a hard one, possibly because of strong arguments on different sides (the people). It is saying that they were unsure of what policies to proceed with when they tried to satisfy them.


  3. The British had to decide what would be best for all the colonies, and what would make all of the colonies happy. That was a very difficult task for the British, so the British would change the policies to make them better for the colonies.


  4. llehctim says:

    It means the British had to decide what was best for all the groups in North America. Each group wanted different things and some interfered with something another group wanted. In total it was a very difficult choice for the British so the British changed there policies to try and make everyone happy.


  5. It means that the British would sometimes have a difficult time deciding what to do, since the four groups wanted different things. This made Britians choice on how to carry on more challenging as they tried to satisfy the different groups.


  6. rainbowtigercat says:

    To waver means to fluctuate or to be hesitant when choosing what to do. Therefore, the British were fluctuating between different strategies to appease the four groups of people so that they could continue to extract resources. This could be due to the four groups’ needs occasionally clashing or overlapping, or perhaps because their demands took too much out of the resources. The British could have had to be mindful of their losses, as well as if these losses outweighed the benefits. These benefits would be getting more approval from the four groups and thus getting more resources.


  7. Nahom1341 says:

    It means that because there where four different groups, they all wanted different things, and some of the things they wanted might cross and then someone would be unhappy, so the British had to change policies to satisfy the needs and wants of the colonies.


  8. rinnesharingan says:

    The British wavered about policy changes because they wanted to satisfy the many needs of the different groups. However, as stated by the textbook, ” It would be impossible to satisfy them all.” The British had a hard time choosing which needs to satisfy, and which ones to ignore, without having the citizens rebel.


  9. The text means that the British were having a difficult time trying to figure out how to please the groups. They would go from on idea to another not knowing what to do. Like the text says, they needed to figure out which opinion is the best so they can use. This means they would ignore a bunch of unnecessary opinions which they thought would be unneeded.


  10. Nairb says:

    The sentence implies that the British thought some groups were better than others, but they often shifted if they were helping the British or not. This made them unsure of how they should handle these different groups for their own benefit. For example, if the First Nations were suddenly helping the Americans or such the British would have to re-evaluate what they were going to do, how they were going to change their plans or counter this action.


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