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. Where does John take Abigail for a five-week tour?

2. Which of the following topics did Jefferson and Adams discuss?

3. How does Adams now occupy his time?

4. What U.S. institution is established in 1800?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What event prompts Abigail to write to Jefferson after 17 years of silence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

John and Abigail ultimately lost four children before their own deaths. Name the children and the circumstances of their deaths.

Essay Topic 3

The act of declaring independence from Britain took tremendous courage for this group of men who could have been hanged for treason. Using John Adams as the primary example, explain some of the reasons why the belief in independence was strong enough to put their lives on the line for it.

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