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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 precipitates Abigail's sailing to London?
(a) She and John are going on a second honeymoon
(b) John is appointed Ambassador to the British Court
(c) John is ill and needs her
(d) She wants Nabby to have an English education

2. What appears to be Adams' only joy during this difficult period?
(a) John Quincy
(b) Traveling around Holland
(c) Learning Dutch
(d) Charles

3. What did Adams do in May of 1782?
(a) Raised the American flag at the first U.S. embassy in the world
(b) Resigned his post in Holland
(c) Traveled to Russia
(d) Returned home to Abigail

4. At what age did John Adams enter Harvard University?
(a) 15
(b) 18
(c) 21
(d) 19

5. Why did John Adams go to Philadelphia in 1774?
(a) To attend the First Continental Congress
(b) To visit his cousin
(c) To enroll his son in law school
(d) To sign the Declaration of Independence

Short Answer Questions

1. In what location does the book begin?

2. What did Adams say happened to some of his letters sent to Abigail during this time?

3. When was the last signature affixed to the Declaration of Independence?

4. What was Adams' role during the debate for independence on July 1, 1776?

5. Who is succeeding Benjamin Franklin as minister to France?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Adams acclimate himself to Holland?

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

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

7. Why did Adams move to Holland?

8. Where is Adams headed when the book opens?

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

10. Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" went a long way to rally New Englanders to war. Explain how John Adams found weakness in Paine and his document.

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