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

2. What type of a letter did Adams write after meeting with the ambassador of Tripoli, in Chapter 4?

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

4. When did Adams and Jefferson begin reading voraciously?

5. Why did the Europeans ironically permit the Barbary piracy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What suggestions for education were discussed, in Chapter 12?

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

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

6. Which party did Jefferson belong to and what did it stand for?

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

8. How did the correspondence of 1804 stop?

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

10. Who was Dr. Rush and why did he help Adams and Jefferson reconcile their differences?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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