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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 did Adams call Abigail in addition to being a choice wife?
(a) A linguist
(b) A physician
(c) An herbalist
(d) A stateswoman

2. What major disease was running rampant in 1776?
(a) Diptheria
(b) Smallpox
(c) Bubonic plague
(d) Measles

3. On what day was the Declaration of Independence approved?
(a) July 5, 1776
(b) July 4, 1776
(c) July 1, 1776
(d) July 4, 1775

4. Why did Benjamin Franklin go to Canada during this time?
(a) To intervene in the French and Indian War
(b) To see family members
(c) To determine if Canda would become the 14th colony
(d) To go hunting

5. "Glorious news" of what event arrives while Adams is in Holland?
(a) The French Revolution is over
(b) The British surrender at Yorktown
(c) Abigail has given birth to another son
(d) Congress has released funds for the army

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the people of Boston call an event where five citizens were killed by British soldiers?

2. Who did Adams say depended on Congress' decision to split from England?

3. Which American envoy was sending secret messages to London?

4. Which French Minister favored Franklin to Adams?

5. In what city was the Declaration of Independence approved?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What finally makes Abigail change her mind about going to France?

3. Who did Adams marry?

4. How did Adams acclimate himself to Holland?

5. What were the circumstances of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence?

6. What were Adams' three main objectives for the Second Continental Congress?

7. What happens to Adams just as he is about to give up his life as a public servant for the government?

8. What was Abigail's perspective on John's overseas assignment?

9. Describe John Adams.

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

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