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 documents are available today that relate the exact words spoken by each of the dinner attendees?

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

3. Before this important dinner took place, from what country had Jefferson just returned?

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

5. What did John Adams ask his wife to save for history?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

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

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 2

Describe George Washington. What contributed to his legendary character, and what traits did he have that made him the perfect man to lead our young nation?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the Constitutional Convention avoided the subject of slavery while forming the new republic? List the advantages and disadvantages of deferring this vital issue to a future generation. What were some of the results of this avoidance? How do you feel US history would have been changed if this issue had been resolved 1) to allow and encourage slavery and 2) to outlaw slavery?

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