American Sphinx Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Joseph Ellis
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is deeply in debt?

2. How would Jefferson have gone through life, if his pamphlet had not been published?

3. How does Jefferson react to the invasion by Benedict Arnold's troops?

4. With whom did Jefferson engage in vile public clashes?

5. What promise does Martha extract from Jefferson?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jefferson speak about and treat his slaves?

2. What story does Jefferson glamorize to benefit himself?

3. What do Patsy and Polly have in common?

4. Why does Madison let Jefferson know that his name is being put forth as the Republican Party's candidate for president through coded letters?

5. Why does Jefferson's plan to plant wheat fail?

6. What three articles is he known for writing?

7. How does Martha Wales Jefferson die?

8. What happens to Virginia under Jefferson's guidance?

9. What is the author's opinion about Bill Clinton's behavior with Monica Lewinsky?

10. What two views of Jefferson's about King George III are incompatible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jefferson loves his wife, but he finds a woman who is a rare equal.

Part 1) Who is this woman?

Part 2) How is she the equal of Jefferson?

Part 3) What type of relationship do these two have?

Essay Topic 2

One of Jefferson's primary goals is the elimination of the national debt.

Part 1) Of what does he see this as the cause?

Part 2) He is determined to eliminate the national debt and one of his cost-saving measures is dismantling the U.S. Navy. Why does he believe this is a good cost-saving measure?

Part 3) How does this course of action prove to be almost disastrous?

Essay Topic 3

An accusation that historians still debate to this day is that of the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Part 1) Of what is he accused?

Part 2) What is the evidence of the relationship?

Part 3) Character flaws are a part of humanity. Why do scholars, historians, and the general public still debate this relationship?

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