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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 is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?
(a) It is enforced by the Supreme Court, the government institution Jefferson hates the most.
(b) It has not preserved religious freedom.
(c) It is not effective.
(d) It is not a true separation.

2. What is remarkable about the transfer of power from one president to the next?
(a) That it happens so quietly.
(b) That it happens at all.
(c) That it happens so quickly.
(d) That it happens to violently.

3. After the passing years, what do Jefferson and Adams begin to do?
(a) Agree on polical issues.
(b) Forget about one another.
(c) Communicate civilly again.
(d) Argue again.

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

5. For how much does Napoleon sell the land?
(a) Three dollars per acre.
(b) One cent per acre.
(c) One dollar per acre.
(d) Three cents per acre.

Short Answer Questions

1. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

2. When does this erosion take place?

3. Who prints scurrilous, vengeful allegations against Jefferson?

4. As president, from what does Jefferson suffer?

5. What does the previous administration rename Washington's Goose Creek?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

(see the answer keys)

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