President John Adams: From Alien and Sedition Acts to XYZ Affair


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What four bills made up the Alien and Sedition Acts?

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1. What happened in the XYZ Affair?

2. The Alien and Sedition Acts

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The legacy of John Adams includes his work as a Founding Father as well as his work as President, and this quiz/worksheet combo focuses on the most lasting actions of his Presidency. You'll be tested on your understanding of the importance of such events as the XYZ Affair and Adams's midnight appointments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • When John Adams held the presidency
  • What happened in the XYZ affair
  • How John Adams perceived his own legacy
  • The political leanings of Adams's midnight appointments
  • The intended purpose of the Alien and Sedition Acts

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the significance of the Adams presidency in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the XYZ affair and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as judicial review

Additional Learning

To learn more about John Adams, review the accompanying less on the History of the Presidency of John Adams. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the events in John Adams's presidency that had a lasting impact
  • Understand the reasoning behind Adams's actions during the XYZ Affair
  • Trace the relationships John Adams had with his political peers, friends and rivals