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

2. Who led the opposition effort against Adams?

3. After learning of his son, Charles', indiscriminate behavior, what does Adams do?

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

5. What did the Adamses find when they returned to Boston?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Alexander Hamilton work to undermine Adams' election as president over Washington?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

John and Abigail had four surviving children--Nabby, John Quincy, Charles and Thomas. Describe the Adamses' relationships with each of their children. Is it evident that one is the favorite? Who is the black sheep? Cite examples.

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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