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. Which of the following did Abigail not find Paris to be?

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

3. What serious illness strikes Adams during his time in Holland?

4. To what town does Adams move his family in 1771?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were Adams' initial observations about Paris?

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

4. Describe John Adams.

5. Why did Adams move to Holland?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John and Abigail had four surviving children--Nabby, John Quincy, Charles and Thomas. Describe the Adamses' relationships with each of their children. Is it evident that one is the favorite? Who is the black sheep? Cite examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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