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

2. What speeches does Jefferson make during his time as president?
(a) Ten speeches throughout his second term in office.
(b) Many speeches throughout his presidency.
(c) His one inagural address.
(d) His two inaugural addresses.

3. Why could those listening to his first address not understand him?
(a) The crowd is cheering too loudly.
(b) He has a cold and loses his voice.
(c) They are too far away from him.
(d) He mumbles so badly.

4. What does Jefferson do with the 1,000 letters he receives each year?
(a) He writes lengthy, painstaking responses to each one.
(b) He writes short responses to a select few.
(c) He burns them.
(d) He returns them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ellis believe about the relationship of Jefferson and Sally after the story becomes so public?

2. Where is Jefferson the most popular historical figure?

3. What makes American ships easy prey?

4. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

5. What small parade precedes him to the Capitol?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

8. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

9. What role does James Callender play in this scandal?

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

(see the answer keys)

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