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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. Which of the following topics did Jefferson and Adams discuss?
(a) Jefferson's finances
(b) Alcohol
(c) Sally Hemings
(d) Education

2. Who visits with the Adamses for a short while in England?
(a) Benjamin Franklin
(b) George and Martha Washington
(c) The Marquis de Lafayette and his wife
(d) Polly Jefferson and Sally Hemings

3. Who was the artist of the famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
(a) John Singer Sargent
(b) John Trumbull
(c) Andrew Wyeth
(d) Rembrandt

4. What does Adams call Washington in a letter written a year earlier that surfaces and is printed in a newspaper?
(a) Anarchist
(b) Apostate
(c) Derelict
(d) Devotee

5. How long had Adams lived overseas at the time he returns home in 1788?
(a) 7 years
(b) 5 years
(c) 10 years
(d) 3 years

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Adams and Jefferson do to take a break from diplomatic matters?

2. How does Adams now occupy his time?

3. What prompts Abigail to write to Jefferson after 17 years of silence?

4. What did the Adamses find when they returned to Boston?

5. Who is William Steuben Smith?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the Adamses met when they returned to Boston after living in Europe for so long?

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

3. What was the state of the country when Adams turned it over to Jefferson?

4. What were the personal and professional losses Adams experienced in the fall of 1800?

5. What were the circumstances of Adams' leaving Washington on Jefferson's inauguration day?

6. How could Adams' creed for his life be summed up?

7. What event prompts Abigail to write to Jefferson after 17 years of silence?

8. What was John Quincy's relationship with his parents?

9. Explain why keeping peace was a guiding principle for Adams in his presidency?

10. In what ways did Jefferson undo Adams' accomplishments as president?

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