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. Who led the opposition effort against Adams?

2. What addition did the Adamses make to their home?

3. What does Adams call Washington in a letter written a year earlier that surfaces and is printed in a newspaper?

4. To where is the nation's capital moved in 1800?

5. By what name do some of Adams' opponents call him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How could the first half of Adams' administration be described?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe John Adams' personality in both his personal and professional interactions. Also cite examples where these traits are beneficial. When are the traits a liability?

Essay Topic 2

Abigail Adams was a strong woman and well-positioned for John and the new United States. What was her influence on her husband? What was her position on slavery? What was her position on women's rights? How was she ahead of her time? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Even before he was a player on the national and international stages, John Adams was known to be a man of high integrity. Cite some examples in Adams' life that prove this statement.

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