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. How many delegates were at the Constitutional Convention?

2. What is considered to be the main asset the new republic possessed?

3. Who was considered to be the first President of the United States, almost unanimously by its people?

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

5. Who was Catiline?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the new Americans so sensitive to being compared to British citizens?

2. What were some of Hamilton's claims against Burr? Describe in detail, and give instances where Hamilton speaks against Burr?

3. Describe Alexander Hamilton's appearance and reputation.

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the reputations of Burr and Hamilton. What personality traits led them to end up in a duel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you believe the team of Adams and Jefferson could have accomplished had they been on the same side politically during Adams' presidency? Do you believe the method of using the two top vote winners to create a President and Vice President would work in today's political climate? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the quote of John Adams that he and Jefferson had much to explain to each other before they died. What did they need to discuss? How did this discussion through the lengthy correspondence affect history?

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