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 alarmed Adams and Jefferson about the looting by the Barbary States?

2. How old was Adams when he met Jefferson?

3. Why was Portugal open to American overtures?

4. Which term did Adams and Jefferson begin to use to describe their positions in Chapter 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was the Constitution written?

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

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

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

6. How did Adams and Jefferson meet?

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

8. Why did Adams move to London and what reaction did he receive from the British?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the extent of the diplomatic experiences of Adams and Jefferson, including the effect the experiences had on their future political views and positions.

Essay Topic 2

The whale fishery market was an area that Adams and Jefferson focused on during their diplomacy.

1) Describe the whale-fishery markets before, during, and after the Revolution.

2) Explain why the whale-fishery market and its products were important to Adams and Jefferson.

3) Analyze the approach that Adams and Jefferson used in dealing with the whale-fishery market and how trade was restored.

Essay Topic 3

The writing styles of Adams and Jefferson revealed a lot about both individuals and the times in which they lived.

1) Describe the writing style, handwriting, spellings, grammar, and phrasing in the letters.

2) Explain the advantages and/or disadvantages of the writing style in the 1700s/1800s.

3) Analyze the current writing styles, and the similarities and changes in the English language of now and when Adams and Jefferson corresponded.

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