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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 is one of Jefferson's primary goals?
(a) The elimination of urban residences.
(b) The elimination of waste.
(c) The elimination of foreigners in the U.S.
(d) The elimination of the national debt.

2. What does Ellis believe about the relationship of Jefferson and Sally after the story becomes so public?
(a) There is never a relationship, so nothing changes about their relationship as slave owner and slave.
(b) It becomes stronger after the allegations become public.
(c) If there had been an affair, he would have ended after it became public knowledge.
(d) It continues, because he is the father of her last two children.

3. 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 Federalists.
(b) He vows to start his own party, the Democrats.
(c) He vows to eradicate all parties.
(d) He vows to eradicate the Republicans.

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

5. Of what is Jefferson the founder?
(a) The College of William and Mary.
(b) The University of the District of Columbia.
(c) The University of Virginia.
(d) The University of Miami.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does this erosion take place?

2. How do Jefferson's views on slavery continue to be?

3. After the passing years, what do Jefferson and Adams begin to do?

4. Why does Napoleon enter into negotiations to sell what is called the Louisiana Purchase?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

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

5. What is ironic about Jefferson's approval of the separation of church and state?

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

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

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

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

10. Although Jefferson believes that slavery should be abolished, what does he feel about the issue of equality?

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