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. When did Jefferson return to France in Chapter 4 and begin writing to Adams again?

2. Which of the following was not included in Jefferson's description in the Introduction?

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

4. Which of the following was the result of the Dutch loan secured by Adams?

5. Why was Portugal open to American overtures?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Abigail resume her correspondence with Jefferson?

3. How did the correspondence of 1804 stop?

4. How did Adams and Jefferson approach political topics in their renewed correspondence?

5. What difference of opinion did Adams and Jefferson have about Thomas Paine's Rights of Man?

6. Which of Jefferson's actions upset the Adamses, in Chapter 8?

7. Why did Jefferson write to Adams after the election?

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

9. What interests did Adams and Jefferson have in the later years of their correspondence?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the conflict in the correspondence between Adams and Jefferson, including an analysis of their actions before and after the election, and how the letters were used to display their disagreements.

Essay Topic 2

The Federalist party and the Republican party had some common goals, but different ideas about how to achieve them.

1) Explain the main positions of the Federalist party, its members, and their view of America.

2) Explain the main positions of the Republican party, its members, and their view of America.

2) Analyze the philosophical differences of Adams and Jefferson and the parties they represented.

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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