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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 is the Boston Tea Party?
(a) A prank by a group of hooligans.
(b) A fundraiser for the city of Boston.
(c) A gathering of colonists to peacefully protest British rule.
(d) A tea store in Boston.

2. How many slaves does Jefferson own at this point in his life?
(a) Between 10 and 20.
(b) Between 5 and 10.
(c) Between 100 and 200.
(d) Between 50 and 100.

3. Besides slaves, what else does Jefferson inherit from his father-in-law's estate?
(a) Land.
(b) Debt.
(c) A house.
(d) Animals.

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

5. How would one describe Jefferson's lifestyle?
(a) Lavish.
(b) Humble.
(c) Austere.
(d) Meager.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what descent is Hamilton?

2. Who is Sally Hemings?

3. What have several historians pointed out does not exist between a master and a slave?

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

5. Who is deeply in debt?

Short Essay Questions

1. What three articles is he known for writing?

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

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

4. What do Patsy and Polly have in common?

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

6. Where is the relationship between Jefferson and Hemings a topic?

7. What do John Wales and Thomas Jefferson possibly have in common?

8. Why might the author be surprised by the number of people who attend the evening devoted to Jefferson?

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

10. What two decisions shape his entire life?

(see the answer keys)

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