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 was the name of Hamilton's new country house?

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

3. Who were the attendees at The Dinner, the subject of this chapter?

4. In what political party was Hamilton considered a leader?

5. What does the author think Jefferson offered Madison to get him to accept the new financial plan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why do you think Jefferson was the ideal moderator for this discussion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was Catiline, and how did Aaron Burr deserve (or fail to deserve) Hamilton's accusation that Burr was the Catiline of America?

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

What was the main disadvantages of delaying the decision about slavery to 1808, mandated by the Constitution? What were the advantages? In your opinion, what should the Constitution have done about the issue?

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