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. Of what disease does Charles Adams die?

2. Who is appointed commander in chief of the new provisional army?

3. What topic did Jefferson refuse to debate with Adams?

4. With what disease is Nabby diagnosed?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain the poignancy of the deaths of Adams and Jefferson.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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