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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. In what tradition does Jefferson regard all political power as inherently corrupting?
(a) The Christian tradition.
(b) The Federalist tradition.
(c) The Republican tradition.
(d) The Whig tradition.

2. Who reports the information about Elizabeth Walker with accuracy?
(a) John Adams.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) James Madison.
(d) James Callender.

3. What makes American ships easy prey?
(a) Jefferson all but eliminates the U.S. Navy.
(b) They are in a harbor far out at sea.
(c) They are not as technologically-advanced as other country's ships.
(d) The sailors are poorly trained.

4. Who constantly attends Jefferson at Monticello?
(a) His daughter Maria.
(b) His black slave Sally Hemings.
(c) No one, for he is alone.
(d) His black slave Burwell.

5. What does Jefferson announce, almost immediately, after the Embargo Act is passed?
(a) He would not seek another term in office.
(b) He will run for another term in office.
(c) He is getting remarried.
(d) He is canceling the Embarg Act.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Sally Hemings?

2. Why does the wife of a British minister refer to his administration as "barbaric?"

3. What does Jefferson think about the white race?

4. What does Jefferson lead?

5. What are John Adam's final words?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

3. Of what aspects of our culture and government would Jefferson disapprove?

4. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

6. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

8. What is the most enduring scandal of Jefferson's life?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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