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Joseph Ellis
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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) Kind.
(b) Humane.
(c) Simple.
(d) Complex.

2. What has been recognized by the "American Institute of Architects as 'the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years?'"
(a) Poplar Forest.
(b) The University of Virginia.
(c) Monticello.
(d) The College of William and Mary.

3. How does Jefferson believe emancipation would work?
(a) It would work extremely well.
(b) If the newly freed slaves are deported.
(c) It would start slowly in the northern states and then work south and west.
(d) It would not work well at all.

4. As president, from what does Jefferson suffer?
(a) Arthritis.
(b) Attacks by the press.
(c) Stage fright.
(d) Asthma.

5. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?
(a) He vows to eradicate the Republicans.
(b) He vows to start his own party, the Democrats.
(c) He vows to eradicate the Federalists.
(d) He vows to eradicate all parties.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does everyone expect of President Thomas Jefferson?

2. What legacy of Jefferson's lives on?

3. What company precedes him to the Capitol?

4. When do historians discover Jefferson is at Monticello with Sally nine months before she gives birth to each of her children?

5. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?

Short Essay Questions

1. Of what aspects of our culture and government would Jefferson approve?

2. Why does Ellis believe this affair is out of Jefferson's character?

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

4. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

5. Who are the last two surviving Founding Fathers, and how are they treated?

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

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

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

9. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

10. How is Jefferson's public speaking as president?

(see the answer keys)

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