The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Adams do in response to Jefferson's presidential win?
(a) He appointed a number of Federalists to office before Jefferson became president.
(b) He appointed one Federalist to office before Jefferson became president.
(c) He appointed one Federalist to office while Jefferson was President.
(d) He appointed a number of Federalists to office while Jefferson was president.

2. Which one of the following was not included in the description of Dr. Rush?
(a) Signer of the Declaration.
(b) Well known doctor.
(c) Writing teacher for both Adams and Jefferson.
(d) Mutual friend of Adams and Jefferson.

3. What was Jefferson's opinion of Adams' philosophy of government, in Chapter 8?
(a) That he was not an elitist.
(b) That he was too elitist.
(c) That he was too complicated.
(d) That he was too vague.

4. Which future system(s) did Jefferson have high hopes for?
(a) Public education and science.
(b) Science, but not public education.
(c) Public education, but not science.
(d) Neither public education nor science.

5. Which role did Adams and Jefferson think education had in government?
(a) They thought good government was impossible without education.
(b) They thought good government could exist permanently without education.
(c) They thought education was the main ingredient of good government.
(d) They thought education was essential to good government.

6. How did Adams and Jefferson think the conditions were in the eighteenth century?
(a) Changed slightly.
(b) Improved for all.
(c) Improved in some ways.
(d) Changed drastically.

7. How many pieces of "Homespun" did Adams send in a letter to Jefferson?
(a) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) One.

8. How many abdications did Napoleon have?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

9. What was the number of letters exchanged by Adams and Jefferson by 1820?
(a) 1,267.
(b) 1,468.
(c) 1,024.
(d) 1,135.

10. Which year did Adams and Jefferson battle each other for the presidency?
(a) 1784.
(b) 1796.
(c) 1792.
(d) 1788.

11. What was Dr. Rush's view of the estrangement of Adams and Jefferson?
(a) He thought it was necessary for the two to become better friends.
(b) He thought it was a tragedy.
(c) He thought it was most likely irreconcilable.
(d) He thought it was necessary for the two to understand each other better.

12. How did Adams and Jefferson remember their revolutionary days in their later letters?
(a) Frequently.
(b) Fondly.
(c) Infrequently.
(d) Carefully.

13. Which of the following did Adams give up in order to focus on the classics?
(a) Stories.
(b) Newspapers.
(c) Pamphlets.
(d) Documents.

14. How often did Adams and Jefferson write as they aged?
(a) Every day.
(b) Once a week.
(c) Regularly.
(d) Occasionally.

15. Why did the friendship between Adams and Jefferson begin to strain severely?
(a) They were members of different parties.
(b) They were writing too many letters.
(c) They were not writing enough letters.
(d) They were in disagreement over the country's overall direction.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 10, how was Jefferson's outlook on the future dealings with aristocracy?

2. When did Adams think even an aristocracy of virtue could be corrupted?

3. Overall, how did Adams and Jefferson view the world?

4. As Adams recognized, where did aristocracies exist?

5. What assumption was the starting point of Adams' work about political theory?

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