John Adams Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Glorious news" of what event arrives while Adams is in Holland?

2. How long did it take for the Declaration of Independence document to be printed for signatures?

3. Who drafted the first rules and regulations for the U.S. Navy during this time?

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

5. In what year is the Second Continental Congress held?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John Adams.

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

3. After all the debate, what was the final vote for independence on July 4, 1776?

4. What were the three factions vying for power at the Second Continental Congress?

5. What historic event severely wounded Adams' law practice in Boston?

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

7. What were Abigail's overall impressions of Paris?

8. What did Adams come to realize about the tensions among the American envoys in Paris?

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

10. What were Adams' initial observations about Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John and Abigail had a powerful and loving marriage for many years. How did they maintain their relationship for so long? How did each manage through the many separations they were forced to endure? How can the power of love be so strong that it exists without any physical bonds? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Adams spent several years living in France as a diplomatic envoy. Compare and contrast his life there with his life in Massachusetts. What did he like and dislike about life in both places?

Essay Topic 3

The colonial delegates held two Continental Congresses, one in 1774 and the other in 1776. What was the nature of each event? How were they different? How were they similar? What was accomplished at each?

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