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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Jefferson argue should be eliminated from the Constitution of the new nation?
(a) Women's rights.
(b) Freedom of the press.
(c) Freedom of speech.
(d) Slavery.

5. What governmental position does Alexander Hamilton hold?
(a) Secretary of the Treasury.
(b) Secretary of the Interior.
(c) Surgeon General.
(d) Secretary of State.

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

7. What is Jefferson's attitude towards slavery?
(a) Slavery is needed to have a successful society.
(b) It is acceptable in certain situations.
(c) He is completely against slavery.
(d) Inconsistent and inexplicable.

8. With whom does Jefferson exchange a series of passionate love letters?
(a) Diana Cosway.
(b) Diana Ross.
(c) Abigail Adams.
(d) Dolley Madison.

9. Who does Polly marry?
(a) Thomas Mann Randolph Jr.
(b) John Smith.
(c) Thomas Payne.
(d) John Wales Eppes.

10. 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.

11. What is Jefferson's most liquid asset?
(a) The nails made at Monticello.
(b) The large number of slaves he owns.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Tobacco.

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

13. When it comes to Jefferson's writing, what does he not like?
(a) To have his work accepted.
(b) To write persuasively.
(c) To be edited.
(d) To write political pamphlets.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For what are Betty Hemings' grandchildren mistaken?

2. What do both William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow claim about Jefferson?

3. Besides slaves, what else does Jefferson inherit from his father-in-law's estate?

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

5. Where does Jefferson attend college?

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