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 accompanies Adams to England?

2. Who is appointed as Adams' official secretary?

3. What made Jefferson decide to accept a position in Paris?

4. How many votes were necessary to declare independence?

5. What does Congress appoint Franklin in September of 1778?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are Abigail's first impressions of London after her arrival?

5. What fortuitous meeting did Abigail have before sailing from Boston?

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

7. What did Adams do upon arriving in France?

8. How did Adams acclimate himself to Holland?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain the role of religion in Adams' life. What was his father's plan for his life? Why did he alter the plan? How did his religious beliefs guide him as he guided the country?

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