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 would Jefferson disapprove of since his death?

2. When does Jefferson permanently retire to Monticello?

3. What does Ellis say about Sally's last two children, Madison and Eston?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

8. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

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 writes revisionist history.

Part 1) What is revisionist history?

Part 2) What revisionist history does he write?

Part 3) Why might he do this?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson arrives in Philadelphia and Paris in luxury with a lot of pomp.

Part 1) Why does he choose to enter in this fashion?

Part 2) How does this flashy lifestyle contradict his views?

Part 3) His entrance to Washington, D.C. is very different from that of Philadelphia and Paris. How is it different? Why?

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