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

2. What was an "interview at Weehawkan"?

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

4. How many contributions did Hamilton make to The Federalist Papers?

5. What did John Adams see as the paradox facing the new republic?

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. Why do you think such prominent men chose a duel to resolve their differences? Did it work?

3. Describe Alexander Hamilton's appearance and reputation.

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

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

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

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

8. What roles did the seconds (Pendleton and Van Ness) have in the days before the duel? Describe how each one played out these roles, and how they handled their roles after the duel.

9. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

10. Why do historians refer to this time in the course of American history as The Age of Passion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Adams believed his role in history would be forgotten, even though he was the second man to serve as President. What factors contributed to this belief?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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