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Abigail Smith Adams

#1. A. In paragraph 8 of “Abigail Smith Adams,” Abigail Adams is called an “advocate for females.” What is the meaning of advocate for females as used in this paragraph?


  1. promoter of women’s rights

  2. counselor for women who lack rights

  3. revolutionary demanding women’s control of government

  4. campaigner for women running for political office


#1. B. Which of Abigail Adam’s actions described in the biography best shows her being an advocate?


  1. “She read any books that were available and became knowledgeable about a variety of subject matters most women never considered.”

  2. “Abigail Adams supported the revolution as fervently as John, and she arguably suffered more because of it.

  3. She asked Warren to petition Congress with her and request that Congress establish some laws that favor women.”

  4. “While her main focus was on her family and home, Adams remained in correspondence with several political figures…”


#2. A. Which question below is left unanswered by the biography “Abigail Smith Adams” because insufficient evidence is provided?



  1. Why did John Adams suffer less from the war than Abigail Adams did?

  2. Why did Abigail Adams write a letter to Mercy Otis Warren?

  3. Why did Abigail Adams ask John Adams to “remember the ladies” when creating the new nation?

  4. Why did John Adams fail to respond to Abigail Adams’ pleas for better treatment of women?


#2. B. Which statement is true about the biography and best supports the answer to Part A?



  1. The biography indicates that John Adams was often in a safer location than Abigail Adams was but never explains why she was in danger.

  2. The biography indicates that John Adams respected his wife’s opinions but never explains why he agreed or disagreed with her.

  3. The biography indicates that Abigail Adams corresponded with other women but never explains why she wrote the letters.

  4. The biography indicates that Abigail Adams wanted her husband to think about the treatment of women but never explains why she thought changes should be made.


#3. A. Which statement accurately describes the relationship between two central ideas in the biography “Abigail Smith Adams”?


  1. Abigail Adams had a significant amount of political influence for a woman of her time, and she used her influence in several ways, including trying to gain rights for women.

  2. Abigail Adams was given many opportunities to prove that women could handle the same tasks as men, and she studied a wide range of topics so that she could show that women could also be educated.

  3. John Adams loved and respected his wife, and the letters they wrote each other are important because they show how a typical family was able to survive during the Revolutionary War.

  4. President John Adams often called upon his wife Abigail for counsel on personal and political issues, and he encouraged her to help him determine his policy on women’s rights.


#3. B. Which two sentences from “Abigail Smith Adams” best support the answer to Part A?


  1. “She read any books that were available and became knowledgeable about a variety of subject matters most women never considered.” (paragraph 2)

  2. “From the beginning, it was she who managed their farm and took care of business so that he could devote himself to politics.” (paragraph 3)

  3. “Through his letters it is clear that he trusted his wife to take care of his business matters and admired her self-sufficiency.” (paragraph 4)

  4. “…Abigail Adams began to refer to their property and other affairs as her own instead of ‘ours.’” (paragraph 4)

  5. “In these letters one can tell that they were close friends and often Adams advised her husband on matters of politics.” (paragraph 5)

  6. “She was an advocate for females and expressed original feminist theory, as well as insightful political thought.” (paragraph 8)


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