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. When does Polly die?

2. How much does Jefferson believe the war will cost?

3. What is presentism?

4. What affect does Jefferson's term as Governor of Virginia have on the state?

5. What is the nickname Ellis gives for Sally Hemings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jefferson hate Alexander Hamilton so much?

2. How does Martha Wales Jefferson die?

3. How is Jefferson's most successful financial enterprise operated?

4. What story does Jefferson glamorize to benefit himself?

5. What is Jefferson's ideal Utopian society?

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

7. What is known about Jefferson prior to his becoming a political figure?

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

9. What three articles is he known for writing?

10. What impression does Jefferson's arrival in Paris give the French?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jefferson very publicly becomes a Francophone while in Paris.

Part 1) What is a Francophone?

Part 2) Why and how is Jefferson a Francophone?

Part 3) How does it affect his opinion of the French?

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

Jefferson idealizes nature.

Part 1) What does he believe about the natural world?

Part 2) What examples from the text show he idealizes nature?

Part 3) Is he correct in his belief? Why or why not?

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