John Adams Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. With whom do Adams and George Washington meet in January of 1776?

3. In what Paris suburb did the Adamses find a house for their stay in France?

4. Who was the captain of the ship taking Adams to Europe?

5. What did Adams believe of the men gathered with him in Philadelphia?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Adams pass his time while on the voyage to France?

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

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

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

5. How does Adams react when his ship is wrecked in a storm and he must be repaired in Spain.

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

7. What were the circumstances of the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence?

8. How did Adams spend his time while in Paris in the spring and summer?

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

10. Why did Adams move to Holland?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The act of declaring independence from Britain took tremendous courage for this group of men who could have been hanged for treason. Using John Adams as the primary example, explain some of the reasons why the belief in independence was strong enough to put their lives on the line for it.

Essay Topic 2

Myths and legends have always surrounded the stories of the Founding Fathers of the United States. How does McCullough's book dispel or validate any such predisposed thoughts. Cite examples of which men are viewed a little differently after reading this book.

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had a curvy path during their lifetimes. Describe the nature of their friendship from the beginning, how it strengthened, how it eroded, and then finally solidified again.

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