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. Even as he voices inspiring words uniting republicans and federalists in his first inaugural address, what does he say in personal letters to friends?

2. What closes all ports in the U.S. to trade and is an economically crippling move?

3. Who is Sally Hemings?

4. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

5. What pattern do his days at Monticello follow?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

5. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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