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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 Ellis believe about the relationship of Jefferson and Sally after the story becomes so public?
(a) It becomes stronger after the allegations become public.
(b) It continues, because he is the father of her last two children.
(c) If there had been an affair, he would have ended after it became public knowledge.
(d) There is never a relationship, so nothing changes about their relationship as slave owner and slave.

2. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?
(a) The Industrial Revolution.
(b) The abolition of slavery.
(c) African Americans in positions of power.
(d) The technological advances.

3. Who points out "The true Jeffersonian legacy is to be hostile to legacies?"
(a) Joclyn Smith.
(b) Jaqueline Applegate.
(c) James Joyce.
(d) Joyce Appleby.

4. What does Jefferson think about the white race?
(a) It reigns supreme.
(b) It is an arrogant race.
(c) It is equal to all races.
(d) It is not a race.

5. What does Jefferson say to Elizabeth Walker's husband?
(a) He says he is innocent and never made advances towards Elizabeth.
(b) He publicly apologizes.
(c) He secretly apologizes.
(d) He does not apologize for actions that he believe to be acceptable.

Short Answer Questions

1. Within the scholarly world what is the consensus regarding the story about Jefferson and Sally Hemings?

2. What speeches does Jefferson make during his time as president?

3. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?

4. What is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?

5. Of what change in the U.S. would Jefferson disapprove?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

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

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

10. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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