American Sphinx Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Jefferson's nail-making laborer's are compared to what author's characters?
(a) Emily Dickinson.
(b) Charles Dickens.
(c) Charles Manson.
(d) Jane Seymour.

2. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?
(a) Her sister.
(b) Her nanny.
(c) Her mother.
(d) Her father.

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

4. Like many Virginia aristocrats, what does Jefferson equate to land?
(a) Slaves.
(b) Growth.
(c) Struggle.
(d) Wealth.

5. What is Jefferson's refuge from troubled times?
(a) Richmond, Virginia.
(b) Monticello.
(c) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(d) The Continental Congress.

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

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

8. What is the reason the author gives for the contradiction between Jefferson's opinion of slavery and his owning of slaves?
(a) He believes in human dignity for those that are of European descent, as long as they do not own slaves.
(b) He is against slavery but owns them because he feels pressure to do so.
(c) He believes in human dignity and freedom, as long as it does not conflict with his own wealth and comfort.
(d) He enjoys an easier life by owning slaves, therefore he is pro-slavery.

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

10. Why does the audience not ask questions regarding Jefferson's slave ownership and relationship with Sally Hemings?
(a) They are too embarrassed.
(b) They are too well-mannered.
(c) They are too timid.
(d) They are unsure whether it is appropriate to discuss these issues.

11. How long is Jefferson Governor of Virginia?
(a) Two years.
(b) Three years.
(c) One year.
(d) Four years.

12. To what does Jefferson have a propensity?
(a) To compromise on certain issues.
(b) To understand that people have varying beliefs and not every issue is either black or white.
(c) To present questions according to God's love.
(d) To present questions as dichotomies between good and evil.

13. 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.

14. What do both William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow claim about Jefferson?
(a) He shares their views about human dignity.
(b) He shares their architectural style.
(c) He is a great man.
(d) He shares their views of evolution and creation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jefferson study in college?

2. Who first exposes Jefferson to a companionate marriage?

3. Who claims this president?

4. Where does Jefferson attend college?

5. Why is little known about Jefferson's early history?

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