John Adams Test | Final 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. What did Abigail say she felt like when setting out to join John in Philadelphia?

2. What does Dr. Rush call Adams and Jefferson?

3. Who becomes a threat to U.S. shipping and trade?

4. How does Adams now occupy his time?

5. Who was the artist of the famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Adams observe about the new America that had emerged in his absence?

2. Explain the poignancy of the deaths of Adams and Jefferson.

3. What were Adams' plans after the end of his presidency?

4. What were the circumstances of Adams' leaving Washington on Jefferson's inauguration day?

5. Explain why keeping peace was a guiding principle for Adams in his presidency?

6. What were the Adamses first observations of life in London?

7. What was John Quincy's relationship with his parents?

8. How were the Adamses met when they returned to Boston after living in Europe for so long?

9. In what ways did Jefferson undo Adams' accomplishments as president?

10. Why is Chapter 9 so appropriately titled "Old Oak"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

It is widely believed that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when in actuality he was part of a team of five men assigned to the task. Who were the other men charged with creating this document along with Jefferson? Why were they selected? How did they work together?

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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