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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did George Washington do to quell the Whiskey Rebellion?
(a) He sent Thomas Jefferson to negotiate.
(b) He paid the ransom.
(c) He wrote a letter to the Philadelphia newspaper.
(d) He sent the militia to Pennsylvania.

3. What marked the change in Jefferson's attitude towards George Washington?
(a) Letters from Benjamin Rush.
(b) Washington's marriage.
(c) Documents he had received regarding Washington's personal life.
(d) Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

4. When did George Washington die?
(a) December 14, 1799.
(b) May 1, 1876.
(c) July 4, 1826.
(d) July 4, 1776.

5. What was the subject of the petitions to the House of Representatives that caused so much controversy on February 11, 1790?
(a) Ending the African slave trade in the USA.
(b) Revoking the women's right to vote.
(c) Declaring December 25 the official date of Christmas.
(d) Declaring November 25 the official date to celebrate Thanksgiving.

6. What were some of the reasons the author believes led to Washington's decision to retire from political life?
(a) Age, new wife, obligations to his children.
(b) Opportunty to serve on coporate boards, age, financial.
(c) Finances, a new career, and the opportunty to move back to England.
(d) Age, health and weary of politics.

7. Where did George Washington live in retirement?
(a) Mount Vernon, Virginia.
(b) New York City.
(c) Quincy.
(d) Monticello.

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

9. Who worked behind the scenes to promote Jefferson's candidacy for President?
(a) John Paul Jones.
(b) Aaron Burr.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) James Madison.

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

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

12. What heritages were represented in the Seal of the United States designed by Adams, Franklin and Jefferson?
(a) English, Scottish, Irish, French, German and Dutch.
(b) Italian, English, Haitian and Filipino.
(c) English, German, and Dutch.
(d) English only.

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

14. Which state, at the time of the debate, had the largest slave population?
(a) Georgia.
(b) New York.
(c) Rhode Island.
(d) Virginia.

15. What was the religious preference of the delegations that presented the petitions?
(a) Atheist.
(b) Quaker.
(c) Catholic.
(d) Buddhist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Adams do about the French piracy in the Atlantic and Caribbean?

2. Who urged General Washington to free all the slaves at the end of the Revolutionary War?

3. Who was America's first legend?

4. How many other presidents have served as long as Washington did as the head of our nation?

5. How did John and Abigail Adams stay in touch while he was in Philadelphia?

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