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

2. How many words did the Report on the Public Credit contain?

3. What, in the author's opinion, is the main mystery about the duel?

4. What was the primary form of communication in America during 1787-89?

5. In what state did the duel occur?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does the author feel comfortable calling the encounter between the two men "The Duel" without fear his readers will not know to which duel he is referring?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

America fought a war of independence, created a constitution, and began its first twenty years as a country, all with George Washington at its head. When he publishes a letter to the American people who have loved and admired him for so long that he is retiring, how do you think they felt? What impact do you think this had on the shopkeepers, tradesmen and average people who were not intimately involved in politics?

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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