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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long was it before Jefferson and Adams spoke again after Jefferson assumed the presidency?
(a) 12 years.
(b) 30 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 2 years.

2. Who held in his possession the secret minutes of the Constitutional Convention?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) George Washington.
(c) John Quincy Adams.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

3. What was Washington's attitude towards America's involvement in European conflict?
(a) He recommended neutrality.
(b) He recommended America always take the side of the French.
(c) He did not address this problem at any point in his career.
(d) He recommended America always take the side of the English.

4. What office did John Adams have in George Washington's Presidency?
(a) Vice President.
(b) Secretary of State.
(c) Ambassador to Germany.
(d) Secretary of Agriculture.

5. What did Representative John Page say was the real threat of the petition?
(a) Abolition.
(b) Civil War.
(c) Financial Ruin.
(d) Silence.

6. When did George Washington leave office?
(a) December 1799.
(b) July 1776.
(c) March 1800.
(d) March 1797.

7. Who was Talleyrand?
(a) The author of the first American Dictionary.
(b) A general from the Revolutionary War.
(c) The French foreign minister.
(d) John Adams' Vice President.

8. What acts are considered to be the worst blunders of the John Adams presidency?
(a) The Alien and Sedition Acts.
(b) Peace with France.
(c) His alteration of the calendar.
(d) His friendship with Thomas Jefferson.

9. Based upon his farewell address and most recent letters to the states, where did Washington believe America's destiny lay?
(a) In spreading revolutions in the rest of the world.
(b) In an alliance with the French.
(c) In securing the North American continent.
(d) With increased involvement in the wars of Europe.

10. Where did John Adams go to college?
(a) Brown.
(b) MIT.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Yale.

11. How did John Adams feel about his position in Washington's cabinet?
(a) Serving as second in command, he felt important.
(b) He was too busy to have any emotions about it.
(c) Forced to spend so much time in the Senate, he felt muzzled..
(d) Allowed to travel, he enjoyed the opportunity.

12. Which states during this debate were the most aggressive in defending their right to own slaves?
(a) Georgia and South Carolina.
(b) Virginia and North Carolina.
(c) New York and New Jersey.
(d) North Carolina and South Carolina.

13. How many years did George Washington lead the country?
(a) Ten.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Fifty.
(d) Two.

14. What suggestion did George Washington want in the Farewell Address, but Hamilton talked him out of?
(a) Establishment of the Internal Revenue Service.
(b) Establishment of a large obelisk as a monument to him in the capital city.
(c) National health care.
(d) Establishment of a national university in the capital city.

15. In the author's opinion, what was the direct result of the House's refusal to deal with the subject of slavery in 1790?
(a) The Boston Massacre.
(b) The Whiskey Rebellion.
(c) The Civil War.
(d) World War I.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was the American republic viewed by the English and French governments at this time?

2. Who was America's first legend?

3. Who worked behind the scenes to promote Jefferson's candidacy for President?

4. How many new slaves were in the USA between the time of the Declaration of Independence and the census of 1790?

5. What was the House's vote on referring the petition to a committee?

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