American Sphinx Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Jefferson retire to Monticello by 1794?

2. Who does Jefferson sometimes revile as a drunkard and sometimes as a wise, just ruler?

3. Who does Patsy confess to loving more than her husband?

4. What is Jefferson's refuge from troubled times?

5. Of what has Jefferson either never learned the technique or accepted the necessity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What three articles is he known for writing?

2. What do Patsy and Polly have in common?

3. How does Jefferson receive advice from Abigail Adams while he is in France?

4. To what does the author compare the sexual services required of slaves?

5. What are two of Jefferson's untruths in his pamphlets?

6. Why are the Hemingses allowed to live at Mulberry Row and work in the house?

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

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

9. Why might the audience have been too polite to discuss Jefferson's slave ownership and relationship with Sally Hemings?

10. What do John Wales and Thomas Jefferson possibly have in common?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jefferson, especially later in life, attends many parties.

Part 1) How does Jefferson react at parties early in his career?

Part 2) How is he at parties later in life?

Part 3) He often retreat to Poplar Forest to get away from the crowds at Monticello. Why does he do this, rather than end the parties?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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