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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Jefferson's opinion, how long should the laws of this generation stay in effect?
2. What does the author say was a direct result of the new republic's decision to delay the slavery question in the 1780's?
3. What was the main item on the agenda for the dinner?
4. What, in the author's opinion, is the main mystery about the duel?
5. How did critics of the Constitution see that document?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Aaron Burr's appearance and reputation.
2. What were some of Hamilton's claims against Burr? Describe in detail, and give instances where Hamilton speaks against Burr?
3. What does the author mean when he says the American Revolution did not "devour its own children"?
4. Describe what is known about the duel between Burr and Hamilton
5. Why would John Adams think that his correspondence would be of interest to future generations?
6. How does the author differ from Lincoln's statement that America was founded on a proposition written by Jefferson in 1776?
7. Describe this generation of men such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
8. What was the importance of the 1800 Presidential election?
9. Discuss Alexander Hamilton and how he reacted when someone did not agree with his opinions.
10. Why do you think the author named the Preface "The Generation"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you believe is the greatest lesson to be derived from this work? Did the book change your understanding of the time following the Revolutionary War and its importance to the way America has evolved? Explain in detail.
Essay Topic 2
Describe Thomas Jefferson's view of government. Did his view hinder the growth of the country or enhance it?
Essay Topic 3
Re-read paragraph two on page 16, where the author says America was founded not necessarily on a proposition written by Jefferson in 1776, but on an argument about what that proposition means. What does the author mean by this statement? Does it make you think differently about the history as you were taught as a young child?
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