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

2. With what does Jefferson's election coincide?
(a) A new sense of isolationism in the U.S.
(b) The War of 1812.
(c) The death of Benjamin Franklin.
(d) A new sense of nationalism in the U.S.

3. How is Jefferson's arrival in Washington, D.C?
(a) Austere.
(b) Exciting.
(c) Sad.
(d) Ostentatious.

4. Soon after retiring to Monticello, he outlines a tract addressing what charges?
(a) That he had an affair with Sally Hemings.
(b) That he is an alcoholic.
(c) That he is an atheist.
(d) That he fled from the British invaders.

5. Why does the wife of a British minister refer to his administration as "barbaric?"
(a) The woman is not allowed in Jefferson's home.
(b) They openly discuss their illicit affairs.
(c) He eschews all protocol in seating during the dinner parties he hosts.
(d) They are rude and direspectful.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ellis describe Jefferson regarding his sexual energy?

2. Who is Aaron Burr?

3. Who does Jefferson tell his daughter Martha is the father of Sally's children?

4. What are John Adam's final words?

5. How would Jefferson feel about urbanization?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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