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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What aspects of history did Adams and Jefferson emphasize in their letters?
(a) The psychological aspects.
(b) The political aspects.
(c) The philosophical aspects.
(d) The economical aspects.

2. What did Dr. Rush do in an attempt to convince Adams and Jefferson to begin corresponding again?
(a) He wrote letters to both Adams and Jefferson.
(b) He wrote letters to the other friends of Adams and Jefferson.
(c) He wrote letters only to Adams.
(d) He wrote letters only to Jefferson.

3. How did Jefferson react to Adams' election to the vice-presidency?
(a) He had no reaction.
(b) He was confused.
(c) He was surprised.
(d) He was pleased.

4. Despite the Wars, what did Adams and Jefferson think about the century?
(a) That it treated human nature well.
(b) That it understood human nature better than previous centuries.
(c) That it treated human nature better than previous centuries.
(d) That it understood human nature well.

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

6. Along with languages, math, natural science, medicine, and philosophy, what other subjects did the letters recommend for universities?
(a) Government and political economy.
(b) Government and law.
(c) Law and political economy.
(d) Law, government, and political economy.

7. How did both Adams and Jefferson consider the possibility of establishing a mutually beneficial association with Britain?
(a) Jefferson was hopeful, but Adams was skeptical.
(b) Adams was hopeful, but Jefferson was skeptical.
(c) Both Adams and Jefferson were skeptical.
(d) Both Adams and Jefferson were hopeful.

8. How long did Dr. Rush try to reconcile Adams and Jefferson?
(a) A few weeks.
(b) A few days.
(c) A few years.
(d) A few months.

9. What assumption was the starting point of Adams' work about political theory?
(a) Politicians were self-interested.
(b) Laws were irreversible.
(c) Politicians were not self-interested.
(d) Laws were not irreversible.

10. Which state's Compromise of 1820 concerned Adams and Jefferson, in Chapter 12?
(a) Michigan.
(b) Montana.
(c) Missouri.
(d) Mississippi.

11. When was the first letter written that resumed the correspondence between Adams and Jefferson?
(a) January 1.
(b) July 4.
(c) November 24.
(d) December 31.

12. When did Adams think even an aristocracy of virtue could be corrupted?
(a) If elected.
(b) If elected or unelected.
(c) If elected for long periods of time.
(d) If elected for short periods of time.

13. Which cause did Jefferson focus on later in his life?
(a) Supporting new presidential candidates.
(b) Updating the Declaration.
(c) Establishing the University of Virginia.
(d) Updating the Constitution.

14. As Adams recognized, where did aristocracies exist?
(a) Not very many places.
(b) Most places.
(c) All places.
(d) Only certain places.

15. When was the last letter in Chapter 8 written?
(a) June.
(b) October.
(c) March.
(d) January.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Abigail's correspondence with Jefferson resume?

2. Who stopped the correspondence, at the end of Chapter 8?

3. Why did the friendship between Adams and Jefferson begin to strain severely?

4. As explained in the letters of Chapter 12, what kind of teaching load was preferred for professors?

5. In Chapter 10, how was Adams' outlook on the future dealings with aristocracy?

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