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. To what city does Adams go to attend another session of Congress?

2. Who is put in charge of the Adamses financial affairs?

3. What was the pamphlet written by Thomas Paine?

4. What did the Adamses do before moving to Paris?

5. What was one of the objectives of the Second Continental Congress?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Adams do upon arriving in France?

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

3. Explain Adams' education and entry into the profession of law.

4. Describe the condition of the Auteuil house where the Adamses take up residence in Paris.

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

6. 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.

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

8. Describe Philadelphia at the time of the First Continental Congress in 1774.

9. What were Adams' initial observations about Paris?

10. What was Adams' overall opinion of the First Continental Congress?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain John Adams' life from birth through his marriage and his legal career. What were his parents like? What was his personality? What behaviors were instilled in him that would make him a success in his later life?

Essay Topic 2

It is widely believed that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when in actuality he was part of a team of five men assigned to the task. Who were the other men charged with creating this document along with Jefferson? Why were they selected? How did they work together?

Essay Topic 3

Abigail Adams was a strong woman and well-positioned for John and the new United States. What was her influence on her husband? What was her position on slavery? What was her position on women's rights? How was she ahead of her time? Explain.

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