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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. Who prints scurrilous, vengeful allegations against Jefferson?
(a) John Adams.
(b) John Wade.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) James Callender.

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

3. Of what are these two acutely aware?
(a) Their disagreements.
(b) Their close friendship.
(c) Their old age.
(d) Their roles in history.

4. Of what change in the U.S. would Jefferson disapprove?
(a) Efforts to protect the environment.
(b) The erosion of states' rights.
(c) The fight for family farms.
(d) The abolition of slavery.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For how much does Napoleon sell the land?

2. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

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

4. What are John Adam's final words?

5. What has been recognized by the "American Institute of Architects as 'the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years?'"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

7. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

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