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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. What serve as the most enduring record of Jefferson's life?
(a) The letter Jefferson and Abigail Adams exchange.
(b) The letters Jefferson and Madison exchange.
(c) The laws he passes as Governor of Virginia.
(d) His pamphlets.

2. Who claims this president?
(a) Liberals and conservatives.
(b) Republicans.
(c) Democrats.
(d) His wife, Martha Wales.

3. How would Jefferson have gone through life, if his pamphlet had not been published?
(a) As a Virginia politician.
(b) An American ambassador.
(c) As a well-known lawyer.
(d) Unnoticed.

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

5. What does the Virginia Assembly do, regarding Jefferson's reaction to the invasion by Benedict Arnold's troops?
(a) They launch an investigation against him for cowardice and dereliction of duty.
(b) They make him commander of the Virginia army.
(c) They chastise him for hiding.
(d) They award him with the Medal of Honor.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much does Jefferson believe the war will cost?

2. What two decisions shape Jefferson's entire life?

3. What is presentism?

4. What is the Boston Tea Party?

5. What does Jefferson idealize?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what aspects of our culture and government would Jefferson disapprove?

2. How do Jefferson and Adams begin to reconcile their friendship?

3. What is remarkable about the deaths of Jefferson and Adams?

4. What are two of Jefferson's untruths in his pamphlets?

5. What story does Jefferson glamorize to benefit himself?

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

7. Why is Jefferson's second term in office less successful than his first?

8. Of what aspects of our culture and government would Jefferson approve?

9. Why is Jefferson claimed by many individuals with opposing beliefs?

10. How does Ellis feel about the accusations that Jefferson has an illicit affair with his slave, Sally Hemings?

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