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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How is having an affair and fathering children with a slave viewed by people of Jefferson's day?
(a) Unethical.
(b) Unimportant.
(c) Not unusual.
(d) Normal.

3. With whom did Jefferson engage in vile public clashes?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) John Adams.
(d) Aaron Burr.

4. What is Jefferson's most successful financial enterprise?
(a) Growing tobacco.
(b) Growing wheat.
(c) Making wagon wheels.
(d) Nail making.

5. Of what has Jefferson either never learned the technique or accepted the necessity?
(a) Childrearing.
(b) Arguing his cause.
(c) Compromise.
(d) Debate.

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

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

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

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

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

11. For what are Betty Hemings' grandchildren mistaken?
(a) Slaves.
(b) Hispanic.
(c) Jefferson's children.
(d) Caucasians.

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

13. What is presentism?
(a) Not believing that events in the past have taken place; being completely focused on present-day issues and topics.
(b) To present false information about an issue or historical period.
(c) The obsession with requiring gifts and other presents.
(d) The tendency to apply current social and ethical standard to the behavior of past eras.

14. How famous is Jefferson at the time he becomes an ambassador in France?
(a) His fame has increased.
(b) He is unknown in France.
(c) His fame has decreased.
(d) His fame has stayed the same.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Jefferson refer to his slaves?

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

3. What does Abigail Adams provide Jefferson from London?

4. What issue does Ellis dismiss as "slanderous assaults?"

5. What is the Boston Tea Party?

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