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 medical problem had Jefferson experienced for over a month before the dinner?

2. What issue was discussed by the Constitutional Congress but specifically excluded from the final documents?

3. Who did Jefferson replace as the US ambassador to France?

4. Where was Alexander Hamilton born?

5. What state was Jefferson from?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Aaron Burr's appearance and reputation.

3. Describe Alexander Hamilton's appearance and reputation.

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. Why was the land now known as the District of Columbia a good place to locate the capital city of the new government?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After reading the known statements of Alexander Hamilton, and his writings and actions before the duel, do you believe he meant to shoot Burr and kill him in the duel? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you believe the American Republic's new leaders did not retaliate violently towards its citizens who had been British sympathizers during the war? What does the author mean when he refers to revolutionary victors "devouring their young"?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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