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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Polly marry?
(a) John Smith.
(b) Thomas Payne.
(c) John Wales Eppes.
(d) Thomas Mann Randolph Jr.

2. Who does Jefferson refer to his slaves?
(a) As his "extended family."
(b) As members of society.
(c) As the bane of his existence.
(d) As his property.

3. Besides slaves, what else does Jefferson inherit from his father-in-law's estate?
(a) Debt.
(b) Animals.
(c) A house.
(d) Land.

4. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?
(a) Her father.
(b) Her nanny.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her sister.

5. Who is Sally Hemings?
(a) Jefferson's neice.
(b) A slave Jefferson inherited from his wife's family.
(c) Jefferson's wife.
(d) Martha Wales' sister.

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

7. What family is allowed to live at Mulberry Row?
(a) The Hemings family.
(b) Jefferson's family.
(c) His entire slave family.
(d) Those family members with dark skin.

8. What is expected of politicians of Jefferson's day?
(a) To be fallible humans like the rest of mankind.
(b) To do what the people want.
(c) To represent the best that mankind has to offer.
(d) To live in Washington, D.C.

9. How does Jefferson feel about spirited debates?
(a) He thinks they are very beneficial when fighting for a cause.
(b) He loves to be in on the action.
(c) He has a stong aversion towards them and is unable to participate.
(d) He believes they are a waste of time.

10. 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 ambassador position in France.
(d) His pamphlet "A Summary of the Rights of British America."

11. How does Jefferson arrive in Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress?
(a) He arrives by horseback, as do most people at this time.
(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 in an opulent carriage with three slaves outfitted in elaborate costumes.

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

13. What is Jefferson's most liquid asset?
(a) The nails made at Monticello.
(b) Tobacco.
(c) Wheat.
(d) The large number of slaves he owns.

14. What do both William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow claim about Jefferson?
(a) He shares their views about human dignity.
(b) He shares their views of evolution and creation.
(c) He is a great man.
(d) He shares their architectural style.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is deeply in debt?

2. Who does Patsy marry?

3. Of what descent is Hamilton?

4. What does Jefferson study in college?

5. How are Jefferson's political beliefs during those revolutionary times?

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