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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was Hamilton's second in the duel?
(a) Franklin.
(b) Pendleton.
(c) Madison.
(d) Adams.

2. In Jefferson's opinion, how long should the laws of this generation stay in effect?
(a) Over two hundred years.
(b) About six weeks.
(c) Forever.
(d) About twenty years.

3. Who was considered to be the first President of the United States, almost unanimously by its people?
(a) Ben Franklin.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) John Adams.

4. What, in the author's opinion, is the main mystery about the duel?
(a) The exact location of the duel.
(b) Who was the winner of the duel.
(c) Who was present at the duel.
(d) Whether either man fired their shots with the intent to kill.

5. Who did Madison feel would be exploited and cheated as a result of Hamilton's plan?
(a) Civil War veterans.
(b) Wives and families of ex-presidents.
(c) Congress.
(d) Revolutionary War veterans.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the Constitutional Convention held?

2. What country is the oldest enduring republic in world history?

3. At the time of the American Revolution, who else occupied North America besides the colonists?

4. Who did Jefferson replace as the US ambassador to France?

5. What was one of the core principals of the Articles of Confederation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think Jefferson was the ideal moderator for this discussion?

2. Describe this generation of men such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

3. Describe the reputations of Burr and Hamilton. What personality traits led them to end up in a duel?

4. How does the author differ from Lincoln's statement that America was founded on a proposition written by Jefferson in 1776?

5. What was the importance of the 1800 Presidential election?

6. What is different about the generation of leaders and their methods of communicating and the present day methods?

7. Why do historians refer to this time in the course of American history as The Age of Passion?

8. Why was this time--the decades immediately following America's independence from England--so vital?

9. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

10. Why was it so important that Hamilton and Madison meet away from the public eye?

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