Washington: A Life Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Jefferson and Madison argued that Hamilton's Federalists supported ____________________ in America.

2. How many years did Washington spend as President of the United States?

3. Who was the commander of West Point in the Fall of 1780?

4. Washington found himself in the middle of a controversy as the president of the _______________________ when it came out that membership included a hereditary clause.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Benedict Arnold do that was a betrayal to the new country?

2. What did Washington do to improve his finances when he was struggling with his financial situation?

3. Which important battle would lead to the surrender of the British Army?

4. When did Washington leave the office of President and return to Mount Vernon as a private citizen?

5. 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?

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

7. Why was Washington so disgruntled with some of the people he and his soldiers were fighting for?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

During the Revolutionary War period, Thomas Paine wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls." Explain how the times tried the soul of George Washington. What brought him to the depths of despair? What motivated him? What role did he think he had in bringing the American citizens through such desperate times? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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