How Well do you Know Pres. John Adams?

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Many people know more than I do about John Adams. I didn't get a chance to read the book or watch the miniseries about him. I'm looking forward to doing both eventually. I did listen to a bit of the book on tape and was quite impressed with the relationship between he and his quite intelligent wife. Would he have been the man he was without such a wife? I think not.

So, who was this man, you ask? Though Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, Adams was instrumental in getting it passed in the Continental Congress. He was our first Vice President, second President. Benjamin Franklin is renowned for his overseas work achieving recognition for the U.S. in the court at France. However, Adams secured the recognition of the U.S. as an independent govt. at The Hague. He negotiated a loan of 5 million guilders there. In October 1782, he negotiated with the Dutch a treaty of amity and commerce, the first such treaty between the U.S. and a foreign power following the 1778 treaty with France. He opened the first American embassy in the world. He is a historic figure worth getting to know.

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  1. John Adams said: "I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the __________ of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."
  2. John Adams said, "No man who ever held the office of president would __________ a friend on obtaining it.
  3. John Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the states of facts and _______________.
  4. John Adams said: "Our obligations to our country ______________________________ .
  5. John Adams said, "Children should be educated and instructed in the __________ of freedom."
  6. John Adams said: "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a ____________ .
  7. John Adams said: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our __________ as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other."
  8. John Adams said: "There is __________ from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."
  9. John Adams said: "But a Constitution of Gernment once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. ____________, once lost, is lost forever.
  10. John Adams said, "I must study politics and __________ that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and __________."
  11. John Adams said: "The __________ that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties is not true. They are the worst conceivable, they are no keepers at all, they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body."
  12. John Adams said: "You will never be alone with _______________ in your pocket."
  13. John Adams said: "Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not _______________.

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