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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. Where is Henry Adams celebrated in "The Battle of the Rams"?

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

3. What happens to a letter Henry Adams wrote to his brother in "Diplomacy"?

4. What is revealed after Russell passes away?

5. How did Henry Adams describe his response to invitations to formal dinners in "The Perfection of Human Society"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In "Vis Intertiae", what does Henry Adams say about women and men?

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

4. At the end of "Political Morality", why is Henry Adams left confused about Russell and Palmerston?

5. What happened to Henry Adams' political biases at Harvard?

6. In "Twenty Years After", how does Henry Adams describe Washington, DC?

7. What parts of Henry Adams' trip to Italy left a strong impression?

8. Why is Henry Adams unimpressed with what is scientifically published in 1903?

9. What happens at Cambridge House in "Foes and Friends"?

10. What is Hay's role in the Spanish-American war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Progress and complexity were always at the core of Henry Adams' theories. Describe Henry Adams' beliefs and feelings about progress and complexity. How did they drive the times he lived in? How did they play into his theories?

Essay Topic 3

The search for unity permeates this novel. What does Henry Adams mean by unity? Where does he get his ideas of unity? How does he try to find it? How does unity drive the theories of Henry Adams?

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