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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who first exposes Jefferson to a companionate marriage?
(a) John and Abigail Adams.
(b) Ben and Debrah Franklin.
(c) James and Dolley Madison.
(d) George and Martha Washington.

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

3. How famous is Jefferson at the time he becomes an ambassador in France?
(a) His fame has decreased.
(b) His fame has increased.
(c) His fame has stayed the same.
(d) He is unknown in France.

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

5. What illustrates two central features of Jefferson's personality?
(a) His friendships with John Adams and Ben Franklin.
(b) The amended version of the "Declaration of Independence."
(c) The address called the "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms."
(d) His relationship with his children.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?

2. What does Jefferson decide to plant in the place of tobacco?

3. What do both Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover claim about Jefferson?

4. For what are Betty Hemings' grandchildren mistaken?

5. To what does Jefferson have a propensity?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jefferson receive advice from Abigail Adams while he is in France?

2. Why does Jefferson's plan to plant wheat fail?

3. What are two central features of Jefferson's personality?

4. What story does Jefferson glamorize to benefit himself?

5. What happens to Virginia under Jefferson's guidance?

6. What is Jefferson's ideal Utopian society?

7. What do Patsy and Polly have in common?

8. Why does Madison let Jefferson know that his name is being put forth as the Republican Party's candidate for president through coded letters?

9. What is the author's opinion about Bill Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky?

10. Why might, by the standards of Jefferson's day, having an affair with a slave and fathering children by her be considered unethical?

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