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. Who is Madison Hemings?
(a) Sally Hemings' sister who also lives at Monticello.
(b) Sally Hemings' sister who is Jefferson's daughter.
(c) Sally Hemings' son who reveals during an interview that his mother told him that Jefferson fathered all five of her children.
(d) Sally Hemings' son who protects Jefferson.

2. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?
(a) He vows to eradicate all parties.
(b) He vows to eradicate the Federalists.
(c) He vows to eradicate the Republicans.
(d) He vows to start his own party, the Democrats.

3. What does everyone expect of President Thomas Jefferson?
(a) To be a powerful leader.
(b) They are not quite sure what to expect.
(c) To be difficult with which to deal.
(d) To be hard to understand.

4. After the passing years, what do Jefferson and Adams begin to do?
(a) Agree on polical issues.
(b) Forget about one another.
(c) Communicate civilly again.
(d) Argue again.

5. What is one of Jefferson's primary goals?
(a) The elimination of urban residences.
(b) The elimination of waste.
(c) The elimination of the national debt.
(d) The elimination of foreigners in the U.S.

6. When does Jefferson permanently retire to Monticello?
(a) 1829.
(b) 1909.
(c) 1800.
(d) 1809.

7. What has happened with Thomas Jefferson's popularity over time?
(a) It has increased.
(b) It has stayed the same.
(c) It has plummeted.
(d) It has decreased.

8. What has been recognized by the "American Institute of Architects as 'the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years?'"
(a) Poplar Forest.
(b) Monticello.
(c) The University of Virginia.
(d) The College of William and Mary.

9. As president, from what does Jefferson suffer?
(a) Arthritis.
(b) Stage fright.
(c) Attacks by the press.
(d) Asthma.

10. How many slaves does Jefferson free in his will?
(a) Only the house slaves.
(b) All of his slaves.
(c) Only the Hemings.
(d) Only five slaves.

11. Why could those listening to his first address not understand him?
(a) He mumbles so badly.
(b) He has a cold and loses his voice.
(c) They are too far away from him.
(d) The crowd is cheering too loudly.

12. Who reports the information about Elizabeth Walker with accuracy?
(a) James Madison.
(b) John Adams.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) James Callender.

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

14. What is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?
(a) It has not preserved religious freedom.
(b) It is enforced by the Supreme Court, the government institution Jefferson hates the most.
(c) It is not a true separation.
(d) It is not effective.

15. What does Ellis say about Sally's last two children, Madison and Eston?
(a) They are the children of Peter Carr.
(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 Jefferson's children, just as the rest of the children are his.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Elizabeth Walker?

2. What does Jefferson think about the white race?

3. Soon after retiring to Monticello, he outlines a tract addressing what charges?

4. What speeches does Jefferson make during his time as president?

5. About what will scholars still be arguing well into the 22nd century?

(see the answer keys)

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