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 interest did Adams and Jefferson share?

2. Who is elected Vice President when Adams is elected President?

3. Why does Adams say that Vice President is the only position he will accept?

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

5. What event takes American by surprise in 1789?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were John and Abigail's concerns for their children during this period?

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

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

5. How could Adams' creed for his life be summed up?

6. What were the major challenges that faced Adams in his position as diplomat in London?

7. What was the state of the country when Adams turned it over to Jefferson?

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

9. What were Adams' main points in his presidential inauguration speech in March of 1797?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had a curvy path during their lifetimes. Describe the nature of their friendship from the beginning, how it strengthened, how it eroded, and then finally solidified again.

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