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. When was the Boston Tea Party?

2. Who did Adams say depended on Congress' decision to split from England?

3. What is the one thing that Adams does not like about Paris?

4. In what year is the Second Continental Congress held?

5. According to congress, how long should judges serve?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Where is Adams headed when the book opens?

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

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

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

9. How did Adams acclimate himself to Holland?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. In what ways were they similar? In what ways were they different? Why did they grow apart during their diplomatic period in France?

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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