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 does Dr. Rush call Adams and Jefferson?

2. With whom does Adams begin a pleasant correspondence through letters?

3. What is Adams' main objective during this period of his presidency?

4. Who led the opposition effort against Adams?

5. What is Abigail's perception of New York?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of letter-writing between John and Abigail. What is revealed by their letters? What can John not bring himself to say in the letters?

Essay Topic 2

It is widely believed that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when in actuality he was part of a team of five men assigned to the task. Who were the other men charged with creating this document along with Jefferson? Why were they selected? How did they work together?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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