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 appears to be Adams' only joy during this difficult period?

3. Whose friendship is especially valued by both John and Abigail?

4. For what attribute of his does Adams thank God?

5. What did Adams do in May of 1782?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where is Adams headed when the book opens?

5. What were Adams' three main objectives for the Second Continental Congress?

6. What was Adams' experience at the Second Continental Congress which began in February of 1776?

7. What did Adams do upon arriving in France?

8. What was the final perception of Adams' role in the fight for independence?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

John Adams showed George Washington tremendous respect by nominating him to lead the Continental Army but did not receive the same courtesy in return. Explain why Washington showed little regard for Adams, particularly when Adams served as his vice president. Also note Adams' integrity and ability to bear the affront.

Essay Topic 2

John and Abigail had a powerful and loving marriage for many years. How did they maintain their relationship for so long? How did each manage through the many separations they were forced to endure? How can the power of love be so strong that it exists without any physical bonds? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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