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 the state of Nabby's marriage?

2. Who led the anti-American initiatives in England?

3. Why does Adams say that Vice President is the only position he will accept?

4. In what state does Adams find Washington when he arrives?

5. Of what disease does Charles Adams die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the circumstances of Adams' meeting with King George III in which Adams is rightfully nervous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe John Adams' personality in both his personal and professional interactions. Also cite examples where these traits are beneficial. When are the traits a liability?

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

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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