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

2. What affect does Jefferson's term as Governor of Virginia have on the state?
(a) The state develops rapidly.
(b) The state's economy is a disaster.
(c) The state goesunder major political renovations.
(d) The state's economy prospers.

3. To what is Jefferson compared at an elaborate dinner party?
(a) A court jester.
(b) A non-English-speaking guest.
(c) A criminal.
(d) A mime.

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

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

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

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

8. Who claims this president?
(a) Republicans.
(b) His wife, Martha Wales.
(c) Liberals and conservatives.
(d) Democrats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How much does Jefferson believe the war will cost?

2. What does Jefferson expect his slave to learn while in France?

3. Like many Virginia aristocrats, what does Jefferson equate to land?

4. What test proves that Ellis's belief that a dalliance is completely out of character for Jefferson is incorrect?

5. How does Jefferson feel about spirited debates?

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