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. Burr was blocked by Hamilton in his quest to be come the American minister to what country?

2. Where was Hamilton struck by the bullet in the duel?

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

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

5. According to the author, why did Hamilton go to the duel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what is known about the duel between Burr and Hamilton

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

3. Why do you think the author named the Preface "The Generation"?

4. Why was Virginia so important to the decisions of this time?

5. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you believe public opinion changed so radically regarding duels after the death of Alexander Hamilton? Do you think the American Republic was ashamed to be caught dealing with their problems in the same manner as the Europeans they had rebelled against?

Essay Topic 2

Compare John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Include their family background, their economic state, their vision of democracy and work habits. Which was the stronger politician, and which was the stronger statesman, in your opinion? What made them a great team?

Essay Topic 3

Why do you think the author spent the majority of the book discussing the friendship, correspondence and actions of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson? What contributions do you think the author valued the most from these two men?

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