Washington: A Life Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ron Chernow
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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. Washington was born to a family of men who ____________________.

2. What does Ron Chernow base this book on George Washington?

3. How many children did Washington and Martha have of their own?

4. Which of the following did Washington NOT provide for his slaves?

5. After the royal governor disbanded the House of Burgesses for the second time, Washington and several other men met secretly and agreed to ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Washington's childhood like and why was he not able to get a formal education?

2. Which two women were important in Washington's personal life as a young adult?

3. Why did Washington find himself deeply in debt because of the reliance on imported British goods?

4. What difficult issues did Washington face regarding his stepchildren during this period?

5. How did Washington become leader of the Continental Army and what were his immediate challenges?

6. What purpose did Washington hope that Mount Vernon would serve regarding the perception people had of him?

7. Why was Washington so humble when accepting the role as leader of the Continental Army?

8. What were the circumstances in which Washington inherited Mount Vernon?

9. What impact did Washington's father's death have on his life?

10. How did George and Martha manage the fact that they had no children together and how would this affect his eventual nomination for President of the new country?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of George Washington. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What motivated him throughout his life?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the overall setting and time period for Washington's childhood What was America like during this time period? What was the American South like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Washington, his family and friends?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Thomas Jefferson. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What motivated him throughout his life?

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