American Sphinx Test | Final 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. Who does Jefferson tell his daughter Martha is the father of Sally's children?

2. What does Jefferson believe creates wars, rather than prevents them?

3. Besides it being obvious that several of Sally Hemings' children have a white father, what makes it even more possible that they are Jefferson's?

4. What small parade precedes him to the Capitol?

5. When is there an increase in U.S. military might?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Madison Hemings back the claim that Jefferson had an illicit affair with Sally Hemings?

3. How do Jefferson and Adams begin to reconcile their friendship?

4. How are Jefferson's views of slavery at this point in his life?

5. What is remarkable about the deaths of Jefferson and Adams?

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

7. What does John Adams mean by "Thomas Jefferson lives"?

8. What is ironic about Jefferson's approval of the separation of church and state?

9. What role does James Callender play in this scandal?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the British, led by Benedict Arnold, invade Richmond, Jefferson flees on horseback.

Part 1) Why does he flee?

Part 2) What does the Virginia Assembly do because of this?

Part 3) How does this prove one of many differences exist between Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jefferson hates to have his work edited.

Part 1) What works of Jefferson's mentioned in the text are edited?

Part 2) Why are they edited?

Part 3) How does he handle having his works edited?

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