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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 handles the negotiations with the French?
(a) Adams.
(b) Burr.
(c) Madison.
(d) Jefferson.

2. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?
(a) He approves of it.
(b) He would disapprove of it.
(c) He has no opinion about it.
(d) He would feel that our country is safer.

3. What is one of Jefferson's primary goals?
(a) The elimination of urban residences.
(b) The elimination of the national debt.
(c) The elimination of waste.
(d) The elimination of foreigners in the U.S.

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

5. What does Jefferson lead?
(a) The U.S. to victory.
(b) The voice of dissent against the establishment.
(c) The military.
(d) The Democratic Party.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are John Adam's final words?

2. When do historians discover Jefferson is at Monticello with Sally nine months before she gives birth to each of her children?

3. With what does Jefferson's election coincide?

4. How do Jefferson's views on slavery continue to be?

5. What coincides with the start of Jefferson's supposed affair with Sally?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

3. What is ironic about Jefferson's approval of the separation of church and state?

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

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

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

7. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

8. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

9. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

(see the answer keys)

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