American Sphinx Test | Final 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. Of what are these two acutely aware?
(a) Their roles in history.
(b) Their old age.
(c) Their close friendship.
(d) Their disagreements.

2. What does Jefferson think about the white race?
(a) It is not a race.
(b) It reigns supreme.
(c) It is an arrogant race.
(d) It is equal to all races.

3. By whom does Jefferson subsidize libelous accusations against Adams?
(a) James Monroe.
(b) Ben Franklin.
(c) Elizabeth Walker.
(d) James Callender.

4. What is remarkable about the transfer of power from one president to the next?
(a) That it happens at all.
(b) That it happens so quietly.
(c) That it happens so quickly.
(d) That it happens to violently.

5. Who prints scurrilous, vengeful allegations against Jefferson?
(a) John Wade.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) James Callender.
(d) John Adams.

6. What legacy of Jefferson's lives on?
(a) His legacy of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
(b) His legacy of slavery and contradictions.
(c) His legacy of idealism and revolutionary spirit.
(d) His legacy of familial love and respect.

7. What happens between France and England in 1803?
(a) They want to purchase land from Jefferson.
(b) They renew hostilities.
(c) They renew their friendship.
(d) They decide to go to war with the U.S.

8. Why does the wife of a British minister refer to his administration as "barbaric?"
(a) He eschews all protocol in seating during the dinner parties he hosts.
(b) They openly discuss their illicit affairs.
(c) The woman is not allowed in Jefferson's home.
(d) They are rude and direspectful.

9. What does Ellis say about Sally's last two children, Madison and Eston?
(a) They are Jefferson's children, just as the rest of the children are his.
(b) They are not Jefferson's because they are born after Callender's allegations are published.
(c) They spread lies about Jefferson.
(d) They are the children of Peter Carr.

10. Where is Jefferson the most popular historical figure?
(a) On the internet.
(b) Virginia.
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) Pennsylvania.

11. How does Jefferson believe emancipation would work?
(a) It would not work well at all.
(b) If the newly freed slaves are deported.
(c) It would work extremely well.
(d) It would start slowly in the northern states and then work south and west.

12. What did Jefferson never mean for his writings to do?
(a) To encourage the abolition of slavery.
(b) To encourage illicit affairs.
(c) To justify wars.
(d) They have been used to justify racial equality.

13. What does Jefferson believe creates wars, rather than prevents them?
(a) Guns and other weaponry.
(b) The civilians of a country.
(c) Armies and navies.
(d) The government.

14. Soon after retiring to Monticello, he outlines a tract addressing what charges?
(a) That he is an alcoholic.
(b) That he had an affair with Sally Hemings.
(c) That he is an atheist.
(d) That he fled from the British invaders.

15. What does Jefferson say to Elizabeth Walker's husband?
(a) He says he is innocent and never made advances towards Elizabeth.
(b) He publicly apologizes.
(c) He does not apologize for actions that he believe to be acceptable.
(d) He secretly apologizes.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Jefferson permanently retire to Monticello?

2. What does Ellis believe about the relationship of Jefferson and Sally after the story becomes so public?

3. What is Jefferson's last attempt to save Monticello for his daughter and her children?

4. What has been recognized by the "American Institute of Architects as 'the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years?'"

5. What makes American ships easy prey?

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