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

2. What did Jefferson never mean for his writings to do?
(a) They have been used to justify racial equality.
(b) To encourage illicit affairs.
(c) To justify wars.
(d) To encourage the abolition of slavery.

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

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

5. What company precedes him to the Capitol?
(a) A company of legal advisors.
(b) A company of government analysts.
(c) A company of dancers.
(d) A company of militia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who points out "The true Jeffersonian legacy is to be hostile to legacies?"

2. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?

3. What speeches does Jefferson make during his time as president?

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

5. Why does Jefferson agree with the separation of church and state?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

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