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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 fatherly love.
(b) His lifelong avoidance of conflict.
(c) His sense of humor.
(d) His abhorence of slavery.

2. Of what descent is Hamilton?
(a) French.
(b) Irish.
(c) Scottish.
(d) German.

3. How does Jefferson react to the invasion by Benedict Arnold's troops?
(a) He flees on horseback.
(b) He musters his militia.
(c) He hides in Monticello.
(d) He single-handedly fights Benedict Arnold.

4. What does Ellis call flexibility and others might call hypocrisy?
(a) His relationship with King George III.
(b) His opinion on slavery.
(c) Jefferson's dexterity to tailor his writings for a specific audience.
(d) His relationship with women other than his wife.

5. Like many Virginia aristocrats, what does Jefferson equate to land?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Growth.
(c) Struggle.
(d) Slaves.

6. How many children do Patsy and her husband have?
(a) Four.
(b) One.
(c) Eleven.
(d) Seven.

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

8. Where does Jefferson attend college?
(a) At the College of Wiliam and Mary.
(b) At the University of Virginia.
(c) At New York University.
(d) At Oberlin College.

9. What is Jefferson's refuge from troubled times?
(a) Richmond, Virginia.
(b) Monticello.
(c) The Continental Congress.
(d) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

10. What does Abigail Adams provide Jefferson from London?
(a) Intimate female companionship.
(b) A connection with Parliament.
(c) Parenting advice.
(d) A connection to King George III.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?

2. What is expected of politicians of Jefferson's day?

3. How would Jefferson have gone through life, if his pamphlet had not been published?

4. Jefferson's nail-making laborer's are compared to what author's characters?

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

(see the answer keys)

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