The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams Short Essay - Answer Key

Lester J. Cappon
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How were Adams and Jefferson described in the Introduction?

Adams and Jefferson were described as opposites in some ways. Adams was short, round, and jovial while Jefferson, was tall, angular, and reserved.

2. What role did Abigail Adams have in the letters?

Abigail Adams had a very important role in the letters. She corresponded with Jefferson, along with her husband, but stopped writing when there was a break in the friendship of Adams and Jefferson.

3. How was Abigail described in the Introduction?

Abigail was very intelligent, and she was described as an intellectual, which was impressive considering the challenges that women faced in that time. She was admired for her taste, femininity, and intuition.

4. Which party did Jefferson belong to and what did it stand for?

Jefferson was the founding member of the Democratic-Republican Party that opposed Adams' Alien and Sedition Acts. The party mainly stood for individual rights over centralized power.

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