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 statement did Washington add to his presidential oath of office?

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

3. Who does Washington name as Secretary of State?

4. How does Thomas Jefferson now view Adams?

5. How long had Adams lived overseas at the time he returns home in 1788?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

John Adams showed George Washington tremendous respect by nominating him to lead the Continental Army but did not receive the same courtesy in return. Explain why Washington showed little regard for Adams, particularly when Adams served as his vice president. Also note Adams' integrity and ability to bear the affront.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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