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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 do Jefferson's views on slavery continue to be?
(a) Complex.
(b) Kind.
(c) Humane.
(d) Simple.

2. What is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?
(a) It is not a true separation.
(b) It is not effective.
(c) It is enforced by the Supreme Court, the government institution Jefferson hates the most.
(d) It has not preserved religious freedom.

3. Who reports the information about Elizabeth Walker with accuracy?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) James Callender.
(c) James Madison.
(d) John Adams.

4. Who is Sally Hemings?
(a) A quadroon slave.
(b) A slave Jefferson sets free in his will.
(c) Jefferson's second wife.
(d) A slave that works in the fields at Monticello.

5. What does Jefferson lead?
(a) The U.S. to victory.
(b) The voice of dissent against the establishment.
(c) The military.
(d) The Democratic Party.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens between France and England in 1803?

2. What pattern do his days at Monticello follow?

3. What company precedes him to the Capitol?

4. As president, from what does Jefferson suffer?

5. What is Jefferson's last attempt to save Monticello for his daughter and her children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why will scholars still be arguing about Jefferson's legacies well into the 22nd century?

3. Why is Jefferson accused, inaccurately, of being an atheist?

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

5. How are Jefferson's views of slavery at this point in his life?

6. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

7. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

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

9. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

10. How does Madison Hemings back the claim that Jefferson had an illicit affair with Sally Hemings?

(see the answer keys)

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