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 total shots were fired at the duel?

2. Who did Madison feel would be exploited and cheated as a result of Hamilton's plan?

3. How many people lived in the United States of America at its beginning?

4. At the time of the American Revolution, what was the most powerful military force in the world?

5. Who was Burr's second in the duel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Thomas Jefferson's style of diplomacy.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Alexander Hamilton's appearance and reputation.

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

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

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

Describe George Washington. What contributed to his legendary character, and what traits did he have that made him the perfect man to lead our young nation?

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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