The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where did Adams observe Jefferson's presidency?

2. What age was Jefferson when he met Adams?

3. At Adams' request, what did Jefferson send during negotiations with the Portuguese?

4. How did France respond to the complications and complaints of the whale-oil fishery?

5. How was Adams described in the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the result of Adams' loan negotiations with the Dutch?

3. What did Adams caution Jefferson about, at the end of Chapter 3?

4. What was Adams doing to gain valuable diplomatic experience from 1776 to 1778, as Jefferson prepared to govern Virginia?

5. How did Adams respond to a meeting with the ambassador of Tripoli, in Chapter 4?

6. How and why did Adams leave his position as diplomat in London?

7. How was Abigail described in the Introduction?

8. Why did Jefferson stop writing to Abigail, in Chapter 5?

9. Why were Adams and Jefferson considered to be radical by some people, in Chapter 1?

10. Which criticism of the Constitution did Adams refute, in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As diplomats, Adams and Jefferson tried to negotiate an association with Britain and France, with much different results.

1) Describe the intent of the negotiations with Britain and France.

2) Explain the reasons why Britain and France had a different view of their negotiations with Adams and Jefferson.

3) Analyze the effect that France and Britain had on the development of trade and commerce in the United States.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle the development of the representative style of government, why Adams and Jefferson wanted the American people to understand how it worked, and how their reflection of Independence and American Revolution included the preservation of certain documents that would ensure the continued prosperity of the United States.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the perceived "radical" element in the views of Adams and Jefferson, the source of the label, their opinions of moderates of the time, and the reasons supporting their views. Also, provide an analysis of how the meaning of the term "radical" has been applied to other people or issues in the country.

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