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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 does Jefferson react to the invasion by Benedict Arnold's troops?
(a) He single-handedly fights Benedict Arnold.
(b) He flees on horseback.
(c) He hides in Monticello.
(d) He musters his militia.

2. Why is Jefferson inconsolable and cries every night for six weeks?
(a) His mother dies.
(b) His daughter dies.
(c) His wife dies.
(d) His father dies.

3. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?
(a) Her mother.
(b) Her sister.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her nanny.

4. Who is raising Maria, known as Polly, Jefferson?
(a) Ben Franklin.
(b) Slaves in Virginia.
(c) John Wales.
(d) John Adams.

5. Of what does Ellis feel it is unfair to accuse a man of Jefferson's time regarding women?
(a) Sexism.
(b) Nudity.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Family.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Jefferson attend college?

3. What is the reason the author gives for the contradiction between Jefferson's opinion of slavery and his owning of slaves?

4. What do many slave owners require of their slaves?

5. What does Jefferson idealize?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Jefferson do with his companions once they arrive in France?

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

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

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

7. Why might the audience have been too polite to discuss Jefferson's slave ownership and relationship with Sally Hemings?

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

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

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

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