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

Lester J. Cappon
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the communication between Adams and Jefferson resume?

2. What was Jefferson's opinion of Adams' philosophy of government, in Chapter 8?

3. Which documents did Adams and Jefferson want to preserve?

4. What did Adams and Jefferson blame Napoleon for?

5. Overall, how did Adams and Jefferson view the world?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Adams' Defense of the Constitutions of the United States countered the criticisms of the revolutionary new government that was being designed for America.

1) Describe the criticism about the American government that prompted Adams to write Defense of the Constitutions of the United States.

2) Explain the source of the criticism and the possible reasons for it.

3) Analyze three main points that Adams made in Defense of the Constitutions of the United States to support the country's foundation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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