John Adams: XYZ Affair

In the midst of a hostile relationship between the United States and France, Thomas Jefferson reads a memo from the French prime minister. The memo states that the U.S. must pay a $250,000 bribe to French officials and issue a $10 million loan to the government before the two countries can begin formal negotiations. John Adams suggests a plan to prepare for war, while Thomas Jefferson criticizes his willingness to wage war.

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  1. What is demanded by French minister Talleyrand?
  2. How does John Adams intend to act?
  3. What are Thomas Jefferson's reservations?

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