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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. How long did Jeffersonians rule the nation?
(a) The first thirty-four years of the 19th century.
(b) The first four years of the 19th century.
(c) The first fourteen years of the 19th century.
(d) The first twenty-four years of the 19th century.

2. How does Jefferson feel about spirited debates?
(a) He has a stong aversion towards them and is unable to participate.
(b) He thinks they are very beneficial when fighting for a cause.
(c) He loves to be in on the action.
(d) He believes they are a waste of time.

3. What does the author find surprising about an evening devoted to Jefferson in 1993?
(a) 400 people attend, rather than the estimated 40.
(b) The audience is very argumentative about Jefferson's stand on slavery.
(c) 40 people attend, rather than the estimated 400.
(d) The audience has little respect for Jefferson as a president.

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

5. Why does Jefferson retire to Monticello by 1794?
(a) To get away from John Adams.
(b) To spend time with his daughters.
(c) To heal his considerable political wounds.
(d) To work on the design for a new home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Jefferson's most successful financial enterprise?

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

3. Why is it difficult for Patsy to love her husband?

4. What is a key facet of Jefferson's personality?

5. Why is little known about Jefferson's early history?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Jefferson's most successful financial enterprise operated?

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

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

4. How does Jefferson speak about and treat his slaves?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do Polly and her mother have in common?

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