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

2. At what location are Washington's troops fighting the invading British troops in August 1776?

3. What is the name of John Adams' wife?

4. What was an important topic of debate related to the Articles of Confederation?

5. What does Adams do when the ship is beached for repairs in Spain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. What was the nature of the meeting requested by British General Howe with Adams, Franklin and Rutledge?

8. What were Adams' initial observations about Paris?

9. What was Abigail's perspective on John's overseas assignment?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The colonial delegates held two Continental Congresses, one in 1774 and the other in 1776. What was the nature of each event? How were they different? How were they similar? What was accomplished at each?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the poignancy of Adams and Jefferson both dying on the same day--the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Were there deaths a sign of divine approval and acceptance of the men as they were eulogized? Explain your perspective on the irony of the day's events.

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