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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Henry Adams say very few Americans envied?

2. How does Henry Adams say his dynamic theory of history began?

3. What failure does Henry Adams attempt to analyze in "Silence"?

4. Who kept Henry Adams in contact with society?

5. What theory does Henry Adams begin to develop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry Adams often reflected on the influence of religion. How did religion influenced Henry Adams throughout his life? How did religion help form his ideas of life and how did religion impact the development of his theories? How does Henry Adams describe religion throughout the various centuries? How did these descriptions influence Adams' ideas?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

As an educator at Harvard, Henry Adams became part of an educational system that did not fit him as a student. How did Henry Adams adapt to teaching at Harvard? How did teaching at Harvard affect Adams' education? How did teaching at Harvard help Henry Adams develop his theories of progress?

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