American Sphinx Test | Final 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. Jefferson is a follower of Jesus but for what does he not have respect?

2. 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?

3. Where is Jefferson the most popular historical figure?

4. Who is Aaron Burr?

5. Who handles the negotiations with the French?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

2. Who are the last two surviving Founding Fathers, and how are they treated?

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

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

5. What happens between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton?

6. Why is Jefferson's second term in office less successful than his first?

7. How does Jefferson's arrival in Washington, D.C., differ from his arrivals in Philadelphia and Paris?

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

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

10. How does Ellis feel about the accusations that Jefferson has an illicit affair with his slave, Sally Hemings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After Jefferson's 1775 to 1776 winter retreat to Monticello, he tries unsuccessfully to avoid returning to Philadelphia.

Part 1) Why does he not want to return?

Part 2) What are his tactics for avoiding the return?

Part 3) Where would Jefferson rather be? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Jefferson has continued to be one of the most popular presidents in history.

Part 1) What evidence proves this?

Part 2) Why might he be so popular?

Part 3) What other president might also be popular, beloved, and admired? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The building of Monticello is one decision that shapes Jefferson's entire life.

Part 1) How does it shape his life?

Part 2) How does this home reflect his views on the ideal life?

Part 3) How does it contradict his views of slavery?

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