John Adams Quiz

1. What position did John Adams hold in the U.S. government before becoming the second President?
a) Secretary of State
b) Vice President
c) Speaker of the House
d) Chief Justice

2. Which U.S. President preceded John Adams?
a) George Washington
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) James Madison
d) James Monroe

3. What political party did John Adams belong to?
a) Federalist
b) Democratic-Republican
c) Whig
d) National Republican

4. What role did John Adams play in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence?
a) He wrote the entire document
b) He was a member of the committee
c) He provided legal expertise
d) He did not participate

5. In which European country did John Adams serve as a diplomat during the American Revolution?
a) France
b) Spain
c) Netherlands
d) Great Britain

6. What was the name of John Adams’ wife?
a) Abigail Adams
b) Martha Washington
c) Dolley Madison
d) Elizabeth Monroe

7. What major event occurred during John Adams’ presidency?
a) Louisiana Purchase
b) XYZ Affair
c) War of 1812
d) Missouri Compromise

8. Which President was John Adams’ son?
a) James Monroe
b) John Quincy Adams
c) Andrew Jackson
d) Martin Van Buren

9. What is John Adams known for in terms of his views on slavery?
a) He was an abolitionist
b) He was a slave owner
c) He was neutral on the issue
d) He advocated for its expansion

10. What is the name of the house where John Adams and his family lived in Massachusetts?
a) Monticello
b) Mount Vernon
c) The Hermitage
d) Peacefield

11. In which state was John Adams born?
a) Massachusetts
b) Virginia
c) New York
d) Pennsylvania

12. Which Founding Father was a close friend and later a political rival of John Adams?
a) Benjamin Franklin
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) George Washington
d) Alexander Hamilton

13. What is the title of the famous series of essays John Adams wrote in defense of the U.S. Constitution?
a) The Federalist Papers
b) Common Sense
c) The Crisis
d) A Defence of the Constitutions of Government

14. What significant law did John Adams sign during his presidency that was highly controversial?
a) The Alien and Sedition Acts
b) The Embargo Act
c) The Fugitive Slave Act
d) The Kansas-Nebraska Act

15. Which of the following was NOT one of John Adams’ professions before his political career?
a) Lawyer
b) Farmer
c) Physician
d) Writer

16. Which university did John Adams graduate from?
a) Harvard University
b) Yale University
c) Princeton University
d) Columbia University

17. What was John Adams’ stance on a strong central government?
a) He supported it
b) He opposed it
c) He was neutral
d) His stance changed over time

18. On the same day as which other U.S. President did John Adams die?
a) George Washington
b) Thomas Jefferson
c) James Madison
d) James Monroe

19. What was the name of the case in which John Adams defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre?
a) Marbury v. Madison
b) The Zenger Trial
c) The Amistad Case
d) Rex v. Wemms

20. Which amendment to the U.S. Constitution was proposed during John Adams’ presidency but not ratified until much later?
a) 12th Amendment
b) 16th Amendment
c) 19th Amendment
d) 27th Amendment

Answer Key:

    1. b) Vice President
    2. a) George Washington
    3. a) Federalist
    4. b) He was a member of the committee
    5. c) Netherlands
    6. a) Abigail Adams
    7. b) XYZ Affair
    8. b) John Quincy Adams
    9. a) He was an abolitionist
    10. d) Peacefield
    11. a) Massachusetts
    12. b) Thomas Jefferson
    13. d) A Defence of the Constitutions of Government
    14. a) The Alien and Sedition Acts
    15. c) Physician
    16. a) Harvard University
    17. a) He supported it
    18. b) Thomas Jefferson
    19. d) Rex v. Wemms
    20. d) 27th Amendment