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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How much does Jefferson believe the war will cost?
(a) $3 billion.
(b) $3 million.
(c) $6 million.
(d) $6 billion.

2. What is the Boston Tea Party?
(a) A fundraiser for the city of Boston.
(b) A prank by a group of hooligans.
(c) A gathering of colonists to peacefully protest British rule.
(d) A tea store in Boston.

3. What does the Virginia Assembly do, regarding Jefferson's reaction to the invasion by Benedict Arnold's troops?
(a) They award him with the Medal of Honor.
(b) They launch an investigation against him for cowardice and dereliction of duty.
(c) They make him commander of the Virginia army.
(d) They chastise him for hiding.

4. What is the cause of friction for Jefferson?
(a) His relationship with Sally Hemings.
(b) His stint as governor.
(c) His political career.
(d) His marriage to Martha.

5. To what is Jefferson compared at an elaborate dinner party?
(a) A court jester.
(b) A criminal.
(c) A mime.
(d) A non-English-speaking guest.

6. Regarding Sally Hemings, of what is Jefferson regularly accused?
(a) Having an affair with her after his wife's death and fathering several of her seven children.
(b) Selling her into slavery.
(c) Being her father.
(d) Not providing for her.

7. What illustrates two central features of Jefferson's personality?
(a) His friendships with John Adams and Ben Franklin.
(b) The address called the "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms."
(c) The amended version of the "Declaration of Independence."
(d) His relationship with his children.

8. What does Jefferson expect his slave to learn while in France?
(a) The fine art of French cookery.
(b) To become fluent in French.
(c) How to be obedient.
(d) The fine art of French painting.

9. Who is probably the most beloved and admired of American presidents?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) George Bush.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Herbert Hoover.

10. What does the author find surprising about an evening devoted to Jefferson in 1993?
(a) The audience is very argumentative about Jefferson's stand on slavery.
(b) 40 people attend, rather than the estimated 400.
(c) 400 people attend, rather than the estimated 40.
(d) The audience has little respect for Jefferson as a president.

11. How long did Jeffersonians rule the nation?
(a) The first thirty-four years of the 19th century.
(b) The first fourteen years of the 19th century.
(c) The first twenty-four years of the 19th century.
(d) The first four years of the 19th century.

12. Who is raising Maria, known as Polly, Jefferson?
(a) Ben Franklin.
(b) Slaves in Virginia.
(c) John Adams.
(d) John Wales.

13. What is a key facet of Jefferson's personality?
(a) His sense of humor.
(b) His fatherly love.
(c) His abhorence of slavery.
(d) His lifelong avoidance of conflict.

14. What issue does Ellis dismiss as "slanderous assaults?"
(a) The slavery issue.
(b) The Sally Hemings issue.
(c) The Constitution issue.
(d) the Declaration of Independence issue.

15. What promise does Martha extract from Jefferson?
(a) A deathbed promise to not remarry.
(b) To go back to Philadelphia to be a member of the Continental Congress.
(c) To end his affair with Sally.
(d) To send his children to expensive boarding schools.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do many men of Jefferson's time refuse to own slaves?

2. Why does Jefferson retire to Monticello by 1794?

3. What do many slave owners require of their slaves?

4. How does Jefferson come to be a minor celebrity?

5. What happens to Martha Wales Jefferson several months after the birth of their daughter Lucy Elizabeth?

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