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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was written into the US Constitution that directly affected this petition?
(a) Congress cannot hear any petitions regarding any subject.
(b) Constitution prohibited Congress from passing any law regarding the slave trade until 1808.
(c) Constitution states that Congress cannot consider any petitions during February.
(d) The Constitution does not recognize Quakers as an authorized religion.

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

3. In his Farewell Address and subsequent speeches to Congress before his retirement, what was George Washington's statement on slavery?
(a) He recommended it be abolished.
(b) He was silent.
(c) He recommended it continue and increase.
(d) He recommended the states determine it on their own.

4. How many new slaves were in the USA between the time of the Declaration of Independence and the census of 1790?
(a) 15.
(b) 200,000.
(c) 300,000.
(d) 500,000.

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

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) Age, health and weary of politics.
(d) Finances, a new career, and the opportunty to move back to England.

7. Where was John Adams born?
(a) London, England.
(b) New York, NY.
(c) Paris, France.
(d) Braintree, MA.

8. Which state, at the time of the debate, had the largest free-black population?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Virginia.
(c) New York.
(d) South Carolina.

9. How did the public obtain the Farewell Address?
(a) It was on the radio.
(b) It was in the Congressional Record.
(c) It was published in all newspapers.
(d) It was sent out in the mail to all residents.

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

11. Who emerged as the candidates for President upon Washington's retirement?
(a) Adams and Jefferson.
(b) Hamilton and Burr.
(c) Adams and Burr.
(d) Franklin and Jefferson.

12. What did Benjamin Franklin leave George Washington in his will?
(a) A crab-tree walking stick.
(b) A beloved dog.
(c) Over one million dollars.
(d) His newspaper.

13. To Jefferson, what was the only legitimate form of government?
(a) Communism.
(b) Self government.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Monarchy.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Representative John Page say was the real threat of the petition?

2. What did George Washington do to quell the Whiskey Rebellion?

3. Who was elected president in 1800?

4. When did Washington write his Farewell Address?

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

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