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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. Of what descent is Hamilton?
(a) French.
(b) Scottish.
(c) German.
(d) Irish.

2. Who does Jefferson sometimes revile as a drunkard and sometimes as a wise, just ruler?
(a) Mary, Queen of Scots.
(b) King Louis XVI.
(c) King George III.
(d) Queen Victoria.

3. How does Jefferson come to be a minor celebrity?
(a) His writing of the Declaration of Independence.
(b) His pamphlet "A Summary of the Rights of British America."
(c) As governor of the state of Virginia.
(d) His ambassador position in France.

4. What is the end result of this planting?
(a) The purchasing of more slaves to harvest the crop.
(b) A successful harvest.
(c) Failure.
(d) Plentiful fields.

5. What does Jefferson become, very publicly, while an ambassador in France?
(a) A Democrat.
(b) A Christian.
(c) A hypocrite.
(d) A Francophile.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the Boston Tea Party?

3. How many slaves does Jefferson own at this point in his life?

4. How are Jefferson's political beliefs during those revolutionary times?

5. Of what party does Jefferson become the leader in just a few years?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What two views of Jefferson's about King George III are incompatible?

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

5. How is the relationship between Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson?

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

7. Why does Martha force Jefferson to promise to never remarry?

8. What two decisions shape his entire life?

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

10. What impression does Jefferson's arrival in Paris give the French?

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