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

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

3. Why were few letters written between Adams and Jefferson early in their association?
(a) They did not have much to say.
(b) They did not know each other's addresses.
(c) They preferred conversations.
(d) They spoke with each other frequently.

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

5. Which month was the last letter in Chapter 10 written?
(a) February.
(b) November.
(c) December.
(d) July.

6. What war was ongoing as Adams and Jefferson began to write to each other again?
(a) The War of 1812.
(b) The First Barbary War.
(c) The Second Barbary War.
(d) The First Seminole War.

7. Based on Adams' explanation, when did aristocracies exist?
(a) In the past.
(b) In all times.
(c) In specific times of the past.
(d) In the present.

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

9. Who stopped the correspondence, at the end of Chapter 8?
(a) Abigail.
(b) It was mutual.
(c) Neither Abigail nor Jefferson.
(d) Jefferson.

10. How did Adams live on his salary throughout his later years?
(a) Exceptionally well.
(b) Fairly well.
(c) Adequately.
(d) Slightly better than average.

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

12. How many years were covered, by the letters included in Chapter 11?
(a) Five.
(b) Ten.
(c) Seven.
(d) Two.

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

14. In Chapter 10, how was Adams' outlook on the future dealings with aristocracy?
(a) He was uncertain.
(b) He was optimisitc.
(c) He was skeptical.
(d) He was concerned.

15. Which of Thomas Paine's published works divided Adams and Jefferson in opinion?
(a) Agrarian Justice.
(b) Common Sense.
(c) Rights of Man.
(d) The Crisis Papers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year did the letters in Chapter 9 begin?

2. Which of the following did Adams give up in order to focus on the classics?

3. Which political concern did Adams have, in Chapter 10?

4. What did Adams and Jefferson blame Napoleon for?

5. What did Adams and Jefferson think their age would help?

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