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 positions had Alexander Hamilton held in the US government?

2. Why did the duel take place in such an out of the way location?

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

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

5. Who did Madison feel would be exploited and cheated as a result of Hamilton's plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Aaron Burr's appearance and reputation.

9. Describe the leading locations for the new capital city.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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