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. What does Jefferson do with the 1,000 letters he receives each year?

2. What has happened with Thomas Jefferson's popularity over time?

3. What do today's scholars know about this time in Jefferson's life?

4. When does this erosion take place?

5. What happens between France and England in 1803?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

3. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

4. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

6. Why will scholars still be arguing about Jefferson's legacies well into the 22nd century?

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

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

9. Although Jefferson believes that slavery should be abolished, what does he feel about the issue of equality?

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

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 2

To Jefferson everything is black or white.

Part 1) Give examples from the text that prove this.

Part 2) Why do you believe he hates compromise?

Part 3) How does this aspect of his personality affect his life and relationships?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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