Washington: A Life Test | Final 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. While struggling financially, Washington toured his properties in __________________ to collect rent and evict squatters.

2. How many years was Washington gone from his home to lead the Revolutionary army?

3. Within a few months of taking office, Washington became ill with a tumor ________________ that had to be excised by a surgeon.

4. Where did Washington slip away to while on his way to survey the battles taking place in the South?

5. What did Washington put efforts toward preserving after the war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What image of himself did Washington still harbor which involved the perception of prosperity at Mount Vernon?

2. What was the condition of Mount Vernon upon Washington's return from war?

3. What did General Charles Lee do that put Washington's men into the heat of battle and for which Lee later faced a court martial?

4. What traditions did Washington create as new President and why were they important to him?

5. In addition to preserving his war papers, what else did Washington do to preserve his image for future generations?

6. What was the Society of the Cincinnati?

7. How did Washington manage through his discomfort of having to associate with strangers as President?

8. What was the irony of Washington's financial status at the time he was to be inaugurated?

9. What were the circumstances in which Washington was elected president?

10. How did Washington's actions regarding his slaves not belie his true feelings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Personal identity is an important theme in this book. Who were some of the people who had the strongest personalities? What were their personal codes? How did Washington measure up to these people? What was Washington's personal code? Or did he not have one? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of men in the mid-18th century when Washington and his colleagues were coming of age. What precedents did they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century men do not?

Essay Topic 3

Explain Washington's stance on slavery and why he was so hesitant to free his own slaves.

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