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. What things did Jefferson think governed Algiers?

2. What happened to the interest payments on the debt that America had acquired during the war to France?

3. What did Adams and Jefferson use to support their positions in the letters?

4. How much of a concern was Prussia for Adams and Jefferson between 1785 and 1786?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Which difficulties did Adams and Jefferson have in negotiating with Britain, and how did they respond to them?

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

8. How did the U.S. lose a strategic link to France in 1787?

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

10. How was the Constitution written?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The impact of The Adams-Jefferson Letters proved to be a valuable part of American history.

1) Describe the concepts and principles that Adams and Jefferson fought for in their lives.

2) Explain the reasons why Adams and Jefferson were aware of the importance of their correspondence and continued to write later in their lives.

3) Analyze the major things people can learn about the past, present, and future of America from The Adams-Jefferson Letters.

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

Explain the ways that Jefferson became involved with education, the design that he had for public school systems and universities, and the subjects that he and Adams thought should be taught. Also, provide a comparison of their idea of education and the current educational system of the country.

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