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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Polly die?
(a) In childbirth.
(b) As a small child.
(c) While she is in France.
(d) In old age.

2. 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) The fine art of French painting.
(d) How to be obedient.

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

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

5. How many slaves does Jefferson own at this point in his life?
(a) Between 5 and 10.
(b) Between 10 and 20.
(c) Between 100 and 200.
(d) Between 50 and 100.

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

7. Who first exposes Jefferson to a companionate marriage?
(a) George and Martha Washington.
(b) James and Dolley Madison.
(c) Ben and Debrah Franklin.
(d) John and Abigail Adams.

8. What is the nickname Ellis gives for Sally Hemings?
(a) White Sally.
(b) Silly Sally.
(c) Black Sal.
(d) Sally Forth.

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

10. 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.

11. When he is elected president, what does George Washington offer Jefferson?
(a) The position of Secretary of Homeland Security.
(b) The position of Secretary of State.
(c) The position of Secretary of the Interior.
(d) The position of Vice President.

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

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

14. Why is little known about Jefferson's early history?
(a) His early life is fairly inconsequential.
(b) All records are destroyed in a fire in Shadwell, Virginia.
(c) He has his records destroyed to protect his family.
(d) No records are kept of his early life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Jefferson refer to his slaves?

2. What does Jefferson argue should be eliminated from the Constitution of the new nation?

3. Who does Patsy marry?

4. How would one describe Jefferson's lifestyle?

5. What do both Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover claim about Jefferson?

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