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

Lester J. Cappon
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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. How many years after the Declaration of Independence did Adams and Jefferson pass away?

2. When did Adams think material improvements were changing people?

3. How were Adams' negotiations with the Portuguese described in Chapter 3?

4. How was France's old regime described in 1787?

5. Which obstacles of Independence concerned Adams and Jefferson in 1777?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Adams' opinion of Jefferson's presidency?

2. How did Adams respond to Jefferson's appointment as a diplomat in France?

3. Where were Adams and Jefferson during the Federal Convention, and what was their opinion of it?

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

5. How did whale-oil fishery become an issue again in 1788?

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

7. What was Jefferson's opinion of the Algerian government and why?

8. Which concerns did Adams and Jefferson have about their diplomatic negotiations, in Chapter 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the United States was Declaring Independence, it was an exciting time for the country and its people.

1) Describe three characteristics of the late 1700s that you think helped the country's foundation and why.

2) Explain the major differences in the country between the 1700s and the 1800s based on the information in the letters.

3) Analyze how the country has changed since the times of Adams and Jefferson, for the better or worse, and the reasons why.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast an Introduction in non-fictional literature and fictional literature, using the Introduction in The Adams-Jefferson Letters as a reference.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the historical significance of The Adams-Jefferson Letters, including an explanation of the importance of the country's foundation, and the value of the direct words of the founders.

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