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 was Adams especially glad to see?

2. Who designed the layout for the new federal capital?

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

4. Who wrote A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America?

5. For what reason did Adams will himself to stay alive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the circumstances of Abigail's death?

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

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

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

5. Explain the speculation options for Adams' political future.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Adams spent several years living in France as a diplomatic envoy. Compare and contrast his life there with his life in Massachusetts. What did he like and dislike about life in both places?

Essay Topic 2

Thomas Paine wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls." Explain how the times also tried the souls of the women left behind to keep the homes intact and raise the children. Use Abigail Adams as a prominent example.

Essay Topic 3

In addition to war on their homeland, the colonists were also very vulnerable to the threat of serious illnesses such as smallpox. Cite some examples from the book in which people die or are in serious danger of their lives due to diseases that can be managed today.

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