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

2. What country did America look to for guidance on how to create their new republic?

3. What do some historians call the politics and events of the 1790s in America?

4. According to the author, what event brought the longstanding rivalry between Burr and Hamilton to a head?

5. How many people lived in the United States of America at its beginning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was this time--the decades immediately following America's independence from England--so vital?

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

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

4. Describe Aaron Burr's appearance and reputation.

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

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

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

8. Why was Madison so opposed to Hamilton's suggestion that the debts of the states be assumed by the federal government?

9. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the marriage and partnership between Abigail and John Adams. Are there any historic comparisons, i.e., Bill and Hillary Clinton or Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt? In your opinion, should a man of such power depend on the input of his wife for decisions?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Did the author successfully establish his contention, stated at the beginning of the book, that the decade following 1776 was the most important in United States history to date? How did he accomplish this or fail to do so?

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