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. What is miscegenation?
(a) The collection of many races within one nation.
(b) The mixing of generations.
(c) The miscommunication between politicians.
(d) The mixing of races.

2. Within the scholarly world what is the consensus regarding the story about Jefferson and Sally Hemings?
(a) They believe it to be absolutely true.
(b) They believe it to be the truth.
(c) They believe it to be most certainly not true.
(d) They believe it to be a possibility.

3. What small parade precedes him to the Capitol?
(a) A small circus parade.
(b) A small parade of dignitaries.
(c) A small parade of civilians.
(d) A small parade of children.

4. For what does Jefferson owe $10,000 his first year as president?
(a) Carriages.
(b) Wine.
(c) Decorations.
(d) His daughter's school tuition.

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

6. What closes all ports in the U.S. to trade and is an economically crippling move?
(a) The Embargo Act.
(b) An attack by the French.
(c) An earthquake.
(d) An attack by the British.

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

8. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?
(a) He has no opinion about it.
(b) He would feel that our country is safer.
(c) He approves of it.
(d) He would disapprove of it.

9. What does Jefferson believe the vastness of the western territories would do to slavery?
(a) Encourage it.
(b) Have nothing to do with slavery.
(c) Dissipate it.
(d) Embrace it.

10. Who does Jefferson tell his daughter Martha is the father of Sally's children?
(a) His nephew, Peter Carr.
(b) His father-in-law, John Wales.
(c) Aaron Burr.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

11. What does Jefferson do with the 1,000 letters he receives each year?
(a) He burns them.
(b) He returns them.
(c) He writes lengthy, painstaking responses to each one.
(d) He writes short responses to a select few.

12. How do Jefferson's views on slavery continue to be?
(a) Complex.
(b) Kind.
(c) Humane.
(d) Simple.

13. What does Ellis believe about the relationship of Jefferson and Sally after the story becomes so public?
(a) If there had been an affair, he would have ended after it became public knowledge.
(b) It becomes stronger after the allegations become public.
(c) It continues, because he is the father of her last two children.
(d) There is never a relationship, so nothing changes about their relationship as slave owner and slave.

14. With what does Jefferson's election coincide?
(a) The War of 1812.
(b) The death of Benjamin Franklin.
(c) A new sense of nationalism in the U.S.
(d) A new sense of isolationism in the U.S.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?

2. Who prints scurrilous, vengeful allegations against Jefferson?

3. What has happened with Thomas Jefferson's popularity over time?

4. What is remarkable about the transfer of power from one president to the next?

5. What coincides with the start of Jefferson's supposed affair with Sally?

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