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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. What morbid premonition of Abigail's comes true in July of 1777?
(a) Her sister dies
(b) John is taken prisoner
(c) Their home is torched
(d) She delivers a stillborn daughter

2. What was Adams' role during the debate for independence on July 1, 1776?
(a) Legal counsel
(b) Sergeant at arms
(c) Principal orator
(d) Notekeeper

3. What was the core message of Adam's "Braintree Instructions"?
(a) How to publish a book
(b) How to plant a field
(c) No taxation without representation
(d) How to become a lawyer

4. Who was reputed to be the wisest and most influential member of the Continental Congress?
(a) Samuel Adams
(b) Thomas Jefferson
(c) John Adams
(d) Benjamin Franklin

5. What did the people of Boston call an event where five citizens were killed by British soldiers?
(a) The Boston Massacre
(b) The final straw
(c) The last insult
(d) A case for vengeance

Short Answer Questions

1. What does John find it difficult to do when writing to Abigail?

2. Who defended the British soldiers accused of killing the British citizens?

3. Why is Abigail especially melancholy by another one of John's absences?

4. When was the Boston Tea Party?

5. What does Congress appoint Franklin in September of 1778?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Adams pass his time while on the voyage to France?

2. What were Adams' initial observations about Paris?

3. Where was John born and who were his parents?

4. Explain how the winter of 1776-77 were times that stretched the limits of the patriots' forebearance.

5. Where is Adams headed when the book opens?

6. How did Adams spend his time while in Paris in the spring and summer?

7. Why was Abigail so apprehensive about going to John in Europe?

8. What was Adams' relationship with John Quincy during this time?

9. What was Adams' overall opinion of the First Continental Congress?

10. What was the final perception of Adams' role in the fight for independence?

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