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

2. What does Adams call Washington in a letter written a year earlier that surfaces and is printed in a newspaper?

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

4. Who is Sally Hemings?

5. Who did Washington choose to help organize the new army?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What were the Adamses first observations of life in London?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of religion in Adams' life. What was his father's plan for his life? Why did he alter the plan? How did his religious beliefs guide him as he guided the country?

Essay Topic 2

Myths and legends have always surrounded the stories of the Founding Fathers of the United States. How does McCullough's book dispel or validate any such predisposed thoughts. Cite examples of which men are viewed a little differently after reading this book.

Essay Topic 3

John and Abigail had a powerful and loving marriage for many years. How did they maintain their relationship for so long? How did each manage through the many separations they were forced to endure? How can the power of love be so strong that it exists without any physical bonds? Explain.

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