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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 event takes American by surprise in 1789?
(a) The death of King George III
(b) The French Revolution
(c) The resignation of Thomas Jefferson
(d) The French and Indian War

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

3. What was Adams' legacy to his grandchildren?
(a) The early bird gets the worm.
(b) Walk softly but carry a big stick.
(c) Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.
(d) What goes around comes around.

4. What does Adams abandon after trying for a year?
(a) Writing his autobiography
(b) Learning to speak Italian
(c) Cross pollinating different varieties of vegetables
(d) Learning to paint with oils

5. Who led the opposition effort against Adams?
(a) Thomas Jefferson
(b) John Pickering
(c) Aaron Burr
(d) Alexander Hamilton

Short Answer Questions

1. Who surprisingly has much in common with John Adams?

2. Who was Adams especially glad to see?

3. Who becomes a threat to U.S. shipping and trade?

4. By what name do some of Adams' opponents call him?

5. What is Adams' conclusion about keeping Washington's cabinet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the Adamses first observations of life in London?

2. Why is Chapter 9 so appropriately titled "Old Oak"?

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

4. Explain the speculation options for Adams' political future.

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

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

7. How could the first half of Adams' administration be described?

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

9. Explain the circumstances of Adams' meeting with King George III in which Adams is rightfully nervous.

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

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