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 do Adams and Jefferson do to take a break from diplomatic matters?

2. What is Adams' main objective during this period of his presidency?

3. What prevented Adams from attending his mother's funeral?

4. To what does Abigail compare John when he is deluged with opposition in Philadelphia?

5. Who was Adams especially glad to see?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the circumstances of Adams' meeting with King George III in which Adams is rightfully nervous.

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

4. Explain why the Alien and Sedition Acts were so critical at this time when war with France was possibly imminent.

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

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

7. What were the personal and professional losses Adams experienced in the fall of 1800?

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

9. What did Adams learn was Jefferson's true position on slavery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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