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 legacy of Jefferson's lives on?

2. Of what are these two acutely aware?

3. Why could those listening to his first address not understand him?

4. How are John Adam's last words factually incorrect?

5. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Ellis believe this affair is out of Jefferson's character?

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

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

8. How is Jefferson's public speaking as president?

9. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 writes the Declaration of independence.

Part 1) How long does it take Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence?

Part 2) Why might it have taken him this amount of time to write it?

Part 3) By what and whom is he inspired? Why?

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