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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Jefferson arrive in Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress?
(a) He arrives in an opulent carriage with three slaves outfitted in elaborate costumes.
(b) He arrives secretly in the night, due to the high security risk.
(c) He arrives excited and ready to lead the nation.
(d) He arrives by horseback, as do most people at this time.

2. How would one describe Jefferson's lifestyle?
(a) Lavish.
(b) Meager.
(c) Humble.
(d) Austere.

3. What does Abigail Adams encourage Jefferson to do, regarding his daughter Maria?
(a) To put her in a boarding school in France.
(b) To bring her to France.
(c) To let Abigail take her to England.
(d) To keep her in Virginia.

4. What does Jefferson decide to plant in the place of tobacco?
(a) Wheat.
(b) Soybeans.
(c) Corn.
(d) Flax.

5. How would Jefferson have gone through life, if his pamphlet had not been published?
(a) As a Virginia politician.
(b) As a well-known lawyer.
(c) Unnoticed.
(d) An American ambassador.

6. When does Polly die?
(a) In old age.
(b) As a small child.
(c) While she is in France.
(d) In childbirth.

7. Why is it difficult for Patsy to love her husband?
(a) He is mentally unstable.
(b) He is never home.
(c) He is the father of his slave's children.
(d) She does not know how to love.

8. What test proves that Ellis's belief that a dalliance is completely out of character for Jefferson is incorrect?
(a) A Regence test.
(b) A DRA test.
(c) A drug test.
(d) A DNA test.

9. How does Jefferson come to be a minor celebrity?
(a) As governor of the state of Virginia.
(b) His writing of the Declaration of Independence.
(c) His pamphlet "A Summary of the Rights of British America."
(d) His ambassador position in France.

10. How many slaves does Jefferson own at this point in his life?
(a) Between 10 and 20.
(b) Between 100 and 200.
(c) Between 50 and 100.
(d) Between 5 and 10.

11. What does Jefferson become, very publicly, while an ambassador in France?
(a) A Christian.
(b) A hypocrite.
(c) A Francophile.
(d) A Democrat.

12. How long does Jefferson believe the war will last?
(a) About six months.
(b) About one year.
(c) About three months.
(d) About four years.

13. What is the end result of this planting?
(a) The purchasing of more slaves to harvest the crop.
(b) Plentiful fields.
(c) Failure.
(d) A successful harvest.

14. When it comes to Jefferson's writing, what does he not like?
(a) To write political pamphlets.
(b) To be edited.
(c) To write persuasively.
(d) To have his work accepted.

15. What two decisions shape Jefferson's entire life?
(a) His marriage to Martha and his move to Philadelphia.
(b) To build a house and run for the House of Burgesses.
(c) The writing of his pamphlets and his time as governor of Virginia.
(d) His marriage to Martha and the birth of his three daughters.

Short Answer Questions

1. What serve as the most enduring record of Jefferson's life?

2. Where does Jefferson attend college?

3. What illustrates two central features of Jefferson's personality?

4. Why does the audience not ask questions regarding Jefferson's slave ownership and relationship with Sally Hemings?

5. What does Abigail Adams provide Jefferson from London?

(see the answer keys)

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