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 event takes American by surprise in 1789?

2. What is King George III's demeanor toward Adams in their first formal meeting?

3. Who was the artist of the famous painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

4. Why was Adams so pleased with John Quincy's appointment as Secretary of State?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the circumstances of Abigail's death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In addition to war on their homeland, the colonists were also very vulnerable to the threat of serious illnesses such as smallpox. Cite some examples from the book in which people die or are in serious danger of their lives due to diseases that can be managed today.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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