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

2. Which city has hopes of becoming the country's permanent capital?

3. What was Adams' legacy to his grandchildren?

4. Who does Washington name as Secretary of State?

5. How many children did King George III of England have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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