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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. Who is probably the most beloved and admired of American presidents?
(a) Herbert Hoover.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) George Bush.

2. How does Ellis feel about presentism?
(a) He is unsure about his stand on it.
(b) He argues against it.
(c) He suffers from it.
(d) He agrees with it.

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

4. What test proves that Ellis's belief that a dalliance is completely out of character for Jefferson is incorrect?
(a) A DNA test.
(b) A DRA test.
(c) A Regence test.
(d) A drug test.

5. What promise does Martha extract from Jefferson?
(a) To end his affair with Sally.
(b) To send his children to expensive boarding schools.
(c) A deathbed promise to not remarry.
(d) To go back to Philadelphia to be a member of the Continental Congress.

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

7. What illustrates two central features of Jefferson's personality?
(a) His friendships with John Adams and Ben Franklin.
(b) His relationship with his children.
(c) The address called the "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms."
(d) The amended version of the "Declaration of Independence."

8. What does Abigail Adams encourage Jefferson to do, regarding his daughter Maria?
(a) To put her in a boarding school in France.
(b) To keep her in Virginia.
(c) To bring her to France.
(d) To let Abigail take her to England.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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 the Interior.
(c) The position of Secretary of State.
(d) The position of Vice President.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What family is allowed to live at Mulberry Row?

3. Who first exposes Jefferson to a companionate marriage?

4. Who are the other two ambassadors in France?

5. When does Polly die?

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