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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. Why could those listening to his first address not understand him?
(a) The crowd is cheering too loudly.
(b) He has a cold and loses his voice.
(c) He mumbles so badly.
(d) They are too far away from him.

2. By whom does Jefferson subsidize libelous accusations against Adams?
(a) James Monroe.
(b) Elizabeth Walker.
(c) Ben Franklin.
(d) James Callender.

3. How are John Adam's last words factually incorrect?
(a) Jefferson dies about five hours earlier than Adams.
(b) Jefferson dies about five hours after Adams.
(c) The Founding Fathers have all died.
(d) There is still one Founding Father alive.

4. What does Jefferson do with the 1,000 letters he receives each year?
(a) He burns them.
(b) He writes lengthy, painstaking responses to each one.
(c) He returns them.
(d) He writes short responses to a select few.

5. Thomas Payne began as a revolutionary hero. What has he become in just a few years?
(a) An obnoxious alcoholic.
(b) He is a hermit.
(c) He is a pastor.
(d) He is more popular and loved than ever.

Short Answer Questions

1. What small parade precedes him to the Capitol?

2. What is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?

3. What would Jefferson disapprove of since his death?

4. What has happened with Thomas Jefferson's popularity over time?

5. Why does Jefferson agree with the separation of church and state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

2. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

4. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

6. What is the reason for the lack of pomp in his arrival to the Capitol?

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

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

9. How does Jefferson's arrival in Washington, D.C., differ from his arrivals in Philadelphia and Paris?

10. Why might it be possible that this affair took place?

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