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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Jefferson sometimes revile as a drunkard and sometimes as a wise, just ruler?
(a) Queen Victoria.
(b) King Louis XVI.
(c) Mary, Queen of Scots.
(d) King George III.

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

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

4. On what are several of Jefferson's arguments based?
(a) Truths.
(b) The history of monarchies.
(c) Untruths.
(d) Historical facts.

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

6. What serve as the most enduring record of Jefferson's life?
(a) The letter Jefferson and Abigail Adams exchange.
(b) The letters Jefferson and Madison exchange.
(c) His pamphlets.
(d) The laws he passes as Governor of Virginia.

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

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

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

10. Who accompanied Jefferson to France?
(a) His daughter Martha, known as Patsy, and a slave named James Hemings.
(b) Sally Hemings.
(c) His three daughters.
(d) John Adams and Ben Franklin.

11. What do many slave owners require of their slaves?
(a) Tutoring.
(b) Disobedience.
(c) An education.
(d) Sexual services.

12. What is Jefferson's attitude towards slavery?
(a) He is completely against slavery.
(b) Slavery is needed to have a successful society.
(c) It is acceptable in certain situations.
(d) Inconsistent and inexplicable.

13. Why is Jefferson inconsolable and cries every night for six weeks?
(a) His daughter dies.
(b) His mother dies.
(c) His father dies.
(d) His wife dies.

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

15. What does Jefferson argue should be eliminated from the Constitution of the new nation?
(a) Freedom of speech.
(b) Women's rights.
(c) Freedom of the press.
(d) Slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jefferson study in college?

2. What does Jefferson owe English and Scottish firms?

3. How does Jefferson arrive in Paris?

4. What promise does Martha extract from Jefferson?

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

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