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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Abigail especially melancholy by another one of John's absences?
(a) She must educate the children on her own
(b) They are short on provisions
(c) She is pregnant
(d) The kids are all sick

2. Which of the Americans was the first to sign the Treaty of Paris?
(a) Thomas Jefferson
(b) Henry Laurens
(c) Benjamin Franklin
(d) John Adams

3. Who summons Adams to Paris to sign a peace treaty?
(a) Arthur Eames
(b) John Jay
(c) Benjamin Franklin
(d) Thomas Jefferson

4. What does John find difficult to do when writing to Abigail?
(a) Betraying his melancholy
(b) Professing his love
(c) Tell her he is staying longer
(d) Ending each letter

5. How many votes were necessary to declare independence?
(a) 8
(b) 4
(c) Unanimous
(d) 12

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom is the Adams family farm rented?

2. What did Adams do in May of 1782?

3. What appears to be Adams' only joy during this difficult period?

4. How long did it take for the Declaration of Independence document to be printed for signatures?

5. Which French Minister favored Franklin to Adams?

Short Essay Questions

1. After all the debate, what was the final vote for independence on July 4, 1776?

2. What was Adams' experience at the Second Continental Congress which began in February of 1776?

3. What are Abigail's first impressions of London after her arrival?

4. Explain the toll that Adams' work in Congress is taking on his personal life.

5. What were John and Abigail's concerns for their children during this period?

6. Explain some of Adams' immediate issues as Head of the War Department.

7. Explain why the Alien and Sedition Acts were so critical to a time when war with France was possibly imminent.

8. What were the circumstances of Abigail's death?

9. How does Adams react when his ship is wrecked in a storm and must be repaired in Spain.

10. Explain the poignancy of the deaths of Adams and Jefferson.

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