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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Who does Jefferson sometimes revile as a drunkard and sometimes as a wise, just ruler?
(a) Mary, Queen of Scots.
(b) King Louis XVI.
(c) King George III.
(d) Queen Victoria.

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

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

11. Why does Jefferson retire to Monticello by 1794?
(a) To work on the design for a new home.
(b) To spend time with his daughters.
(c) To get away from John Adams.
(d) To heal his considerable political wounds.

12. How would one describe Jefferson's lifestyle?
(a) Meager.
(b) Lavish.
(c) Humble.
(d) Austere.

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

14. For what are Betty Hemings' grandchildren mistaken?
(a) Hispanic.
(b) Caucasians.
(c) Slaves.
(d) Jefferson's children.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are the other two ambassadors in France?

2. What does Jefferson become, very publicly, while an ambassador in France?

3. How long did Jeffersonians rule the nation?

4. How long is Jefferson Governor of Virginia?

5. What have several historians pointed out does not exist between a master and a slave?

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