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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 Jefferson believe emancipation would work?
(a) It would not work well at all.
(b) If the newly freed slaves are deported.
(c) It would work extremely well.
(d) It would start slowly in the northern states and then work south and west.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Jefferson never mean for his writings to do?

2. What does Jefferson lead?

3. What is miscegenation?

4. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

5. With what does Jefferson's election coincide?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Jefferson accused, inaccurately, of being an atheist?

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

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

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

7. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

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