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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. What do some historians call the politics and events of the 1790s in America?
(a) The Ice Age.
(b) The Age of Passion.
(c) The Renaissance.
(d) The Bronze Age.

2. What positions had Alexander Hamilton held in the US government?
(a) Vice President and Secretary of State.
(b) Washington's Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury.
(c) Secretaries of Education and Homeland Security.
(d) Vice President and White House Presss Secretary.

3. What rank in the military did Aaron Burr attain during the American Revolution?
(a) Private.
(b) Captain.
(c) General.
(d) Colonel.

4. When did Hamilton die?
(a) Immediately.
(b) The next day, July 12, 1804.
(c) Two weeks later, July 25, 1804.
(d) A year later, in a boating accident.

5. Who did Jefferson replace as the US ambassador to France?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) George Marshall.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Joseph Kennedy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Hamilton propose to handle the debts of the thirteen states?

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

3. What caliber were the dueling pistols?

4. What was the name of Hamilton's new country house?

5. Who were some of Hamilton's better known political enemies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the land now known as the District of Columbia a good place to locate the capital city of the new government?

2. Why were the new Americans so sensitive to being compared to British citizens?

3. Describe Aaron Burr's appearance and reputation.

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

5. Discuss Alexander Hamilton and how he reacted when someone did not agree with his opinions.

6. Why would John Adams think that his correspondence would be of interest to future generations?

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

8. Describe Alexander Hamilton's appearance and reputation.

9. Why do you think such prominent men chose a duel to resolve their differences? Did it work?

10. Why does the author feel comfortable calling the encounter between the two men "The Duel" without fear his readers will not know to which duel he is referring?

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