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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who publishes Henry Adams' articles on U.S. finance in "Darwinism"?

2. What does Henry Adams say every American woman did when presented with English manners?

3. In "Washington", how does Henry Adams describe the South?

4. After Henry Adams moves to Dresden, which two countries start a war?

5. In "Eccentricity", what does Henry Adams say is the beginning and end of political education?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Henry Adams' opinion of Russia when he visits there in "Teufeldrtzck"?

2. When Henry Adams visits the South in "Washington", how does he describe it?

3. In "Twenty Years After", what does Henry Adams observe about the new generation?

4. In "Diplomacy", what surprised Henry Adams about they way he was welcomed to England?

5. Why is Charles Sumner a hero to Henry Adams?

6. How does Henry Adams teach his classes at Harvard and why?

7. What does Henry Adams say about governments and education at the end of "The Height of Knowledge"?

8. In "The Grammar of Science", why does Henry Adams explore varying scientific views and what is the result?

9. Why does Henry Adams receive little education in "Treason"?

10. According to Henry Adams, what type of American should not even think of English society?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Henry Adams admits to have a Puritan background and he often reflects on centuries that have past. How does Adams' Puritan background impact his life, education and theories? What about Puritanism and past centuries attracts Henry Adams and how does this help develop his character?

Essay Topic 2

Overall, what drove Henry Adams' education? Where did he receive the most education? How did he apply his education? What did Henry Adams see for the future of education? Explain how education existed throughout the entire novel.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Henry Adams' experiences with Darwinism. How does the theory keep appearing throughout his life? What ideas from Darwinism help Henry Adams develop his own theories, and what ideas does he ignore?

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