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. What company precedes him to the Capitol?

2. What speeches does Jefferson make during his time as president?

3. Who prints scurrilous, vengeful allegations against Jefferson?

4. What did Jefferson never mean for his writings to do?

5. Who does Jefferson tell his daughter Martha is the father of Sally's children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

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

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

6. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

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

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

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 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

Jefferson is the Governor of Virginia for two years.

Part 1) How is Virginia under Jefferson's guidance?

Part 2) Why is the state's economy the way it is?

Part 3) What quota is Virginia not able to meet?

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson dies in debt.

Part 1) How does he find himself in debt?

Part 2) What does he do to get out of debt?

Part 3) Why does he have a difficult time changing his lifestyle to get out of debt?

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