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. References to what subject were removed from the declaration?

2. What was Adams' role during the debate for independence on July 1, 1776?

3. To what country does John Quincy go as a secretary?

4. What is the name of the ship taking the Adamses to France in 1779?

5. ___________________ wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain some of Adams' immediate issues as Head of the War Department.

3. 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.

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

5. Why was Abigail so apprehensive about going to John in Europe?

6. Where was John born and who were his parents?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even before he was a player on the national and international stages, John Adams was known to be a man of high integrity. Cite some examples in Adams' life that prove this statement.

Essay Topic 2

In addition to war on their homeland, the colonists were also very vulnerable to the threat of serious illnesses such as smallpox. Cite some examples from the book in which people die or are in serious danger of their lives due to diseases that can be managed today.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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