American Sphinx Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 timid.
(c) They are unsure whether it is appropriate to discuss these issues.
(d) They are too well-mannered.

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

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

4. What does Jefferson owe English and Scottish firms?
(a) An apology.
(b) A pamphlet to advertise their firms.
(c) 6,500 pounds.
(d) A legal agreement.

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

6. How is having an affair and fathering children with a slave viewed by people of Jefferson's day?
(a) Unethical.
(b) Unimportant.
(c) Normal.
(d) Not unusual.

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

8. What do many slave owners require of their slaves?
(a) Tutoring.
(b) Sexual services.
(c) An education.
(d) Disobedience.

9. Who does Patsy marry?
(a) Thomas Mann Randolph Jr.
(b) William Randolph Hearst.
(c) Charles Darwin.
(d) Thomas Payne.

10. Of what is the pamphlet "A Summary of the Rights of British America" a first draft?
(a) Declaration of Treachery by King George III.
(b) Constitution for the Freedom of Colonial America.
(c) Articles of the Confederation.
(d) Declaration of Independence.

11. What does the author find surprising about an evening devoted to Jefferson in 1993?
(a) The audience is very argumentative about Jefferson's stand on slavery.
(b) The audience has little respect for Jefferson as a president.
(c) 400 people attend, rather than the estimated 40.
(d) 40 people attend, rather than the estimated 400.

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

13. Who is raising Maria, known as Polly, Jefferson?
(a) John Wales.
(b) Slaves in Virginia.
(c) Ben Franklin.
(d) John Adams.

14. 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.

15. How does Jefferson arrive in Philadelphia for the first Continental Congress?
(a) He arrives excited and ready to lead the nation.
(b) He arrives by horseback, as do most people at this time.
(c) He arrives secretly in the night, due to the high security risk.
(d) He arrives in an opulent carriage with three slaves outfitted in elaborate costumes.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Of what does Ellis feel it is unfair to accuse a man of Jefferson's time regarding women?

3. Regarding Sally Hemings, of what is Jefferson regularly accused?

4. How does Jefferson feel about spirited debates?

5. How would Jefferson have gone through life, if his pamphlet had not been published?

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