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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. What did Henry Adams' father's political party have to do to gain power?

2. Who does Henry Adams say the social eccentrics sympathize with?

3. Who does Henry Adams turn to in his investigation in the Gould scandal?

4. What is revealed after Russell passes away?

5. What is Henry Adams plan called "Sessions"?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Henry Adams, what are "The Dynamo and The Virgin"?

2. In "The Abyss of Ignorance" what does Henry Adams say about force?

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

4. What makes Henry Adams feel that no art authority knows more than he does?

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

6. Why does Henry Adams return to ideas of Darwinism in "Twilight", and what does he think?

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

8. What type of "new man" did New York demand in "Nunc Age" and why?

9. In "Twilight", what makes Henry Adams feel that his generation seems to be ending?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"The Education of Henry Adams" shows life among both American and English high society. Compare American and English high society and explain how each impacted the education of Henry Adams and the development of his ideas of the world.

Essay Topic 2

How did Henry Adams' time in England as his father's secretary shape him? How does this time count as education? What did Henry Adams learn? How did his time in England impact the rest of his future?

Essay Topic 3

How did Russia influence Henry Adams' development of his theory of the 20th century? Describe at least three specifics about Russia that guided Henry Adams' thoughts and explain the rationality of each.

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