Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What was the total amount of debt the United States was facing in 1790?

2. What was the main item on the agenda for the dinner?

3. At whose home was the dinner held?

4. How many colonies were present at the birth of the new nation of the United States?

5. What was the date of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of Hamilton's claims against Burr? Describe in detail, and give instances where Hamilton speaks against Burr?

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

3. What, in your opinion, were the greatest assets of the new republic?

4. What does the author mean when he says the American Revolution did not "devour its own children"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

Take the following scenarios and extrapolate possible outcomes in history: 1) Burr dies in the duel instead of Hamilton, 2) Jefferson stays in Paris for ten more years, 3) Adams and Jefferson do not renew their friendship.

Essay Topic 3

What do you believe the team of Adams and Jefferson could have accomplished had they been on the same side politically during Adams' presidency? Do you believe the method of using the two top vote winners to create a President and Vice President would work in today's political climate? Why or why not?

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