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. What do both Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover claim about Jefferson?

2. Why is Jefferson inconsolable and cries every night for six weeks?

3. What does Jefferson idealize?

4. How long did Jeffersonians rule the nation?

5. Why does Jefferson retire to Monticello by 1794?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two decisions shape his entire life?

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

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

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

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

6. Why might the author be surprised by the number of people who attend the evening devoted to Jefferson?

7. Why does Martha force Jefferson to promise to never remarry?

8. What do Polly and her mother have in common?

9. What do Patsy and Polly have in common?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jefferson is chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.

Part 1) Two pamphlets are considered the rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence. What are the names of these pamphlets? Describe them.

Part 2) Why is he chosen to write the Declaration of Independence?

Part 3) How accurate is much of the information in the Declaration of Independence prior to editing? Explain.

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