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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. What would Jefferson disapprove of since his death?
(a) The changes to the Declaration of Independence.
(b) The separation of church and state.
(c) The emancipation of slaves.
(d) Many of the changes that have occurred.

2. Of what is Jefferson the symbol?
(a) The anti-slavery movement.
(b) Revolutionary fervor and America's premier idealist.
(c) Fatherly love and loyalty.
(d) Dichotomies and stubbornness.

3. Who constantly attends Jefferson at Monticello?
(a) His daughter Maria.
(b) His black slave Sally Hemings.
(c) No one, for he is alone.
(d) His black slave Burwell.

4. What does Jefferson believe creates wars, rather than prevents them?
(a) Armies and navies.
(b) The civilians of a country.
(c) The government.
(d) Guns and other weaponry.

5. How does Ellis describe Jefferson regarding his sexual energy?
(a) He says he is "extremely masculine."
(b) He says he is "almost uncomfortable."
(c) He says he is "very shy."
(d) He says he is "almost feminine."

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jefferson announce, almost immediately, after the Embargo Act is passed?

2. When is there an increase in U.S. military might?

3. For what does Jefferson owe $10,000 his first year as president?

4. What is remarkable about the transfer of power from one president to the next?

5. Jefferson is a follower of Jesus but for what does he not have respect?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does John Adams mean by "Thomas Jefferson lives"?

2. What role does James Callender play in this scandal?

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

4. Why is Jefferson's second term in office less successful than his first?

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

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

7. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

9. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

10. What is the most enduring scandal of Jefferson's life?

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