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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. Politicians have long been subjected to what type of rumors?
(a) Rumors of sexual scandal.
(b) Rumors of abuse scandal.
(c) Rumors of financial scandal.
(d) Rumors of political scandal.

2. Who handles the negotiations with the French?
(a) Jefferson.
(b) Burr.
(c) Adams.
(d) Madison.

3. What does Jefferson do regarding miscegenation?
(a) He encourages it.
(b) He passes a law to preserve it.
(c) He repeatedly speaks out about its evils.
(d) He practices miscegenation.

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

5. How would Jefferson feel about urbanization?
(a) He would disapprove of it.
(b) He would have no opinion about it.
(c) He would approve of it.
(d) He would want to live in our urban society.

Short Answer Questions

1. Within the scholarly world what is the consensus regarding the story about Jefferson and Sally Hemings?

2. Why could those listening to his first address not understand him?

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

4. Of what are these two acutely aware?

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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What has happened to Jefferson's and Adam' friendship?

6. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

9. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

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