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. Who is Aaron Burr?

2. How does Ellis describe Jefferson regarding his sexual energy?

3. How does Jefferson believe emancipation would work?

4. By whom does Jefferson subsidize libelous accusations against Adams?

5. What does Jefferson announce, almost immediately, after the Embargo Act is passed?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Jefferson's second term in office less successful than his first?

3. How does Ellis feel about the accusations that Jefferson has an illicit affair with his slave, Sally Hemings?

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

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

9. What is the most enduring scandal of Jefferson's life?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

One of Jefferson's primary goals is the elimination of the national debt.

Part 1) Of what does he see this as the cause?

Part 2) He is determined to eliminate the national debt and one of his cost-saving measures is dismantling the U.S. Navy. Why does he believe this is a good cost-saving measure?

Part 3) How does this course of action prove to be almost disastrous?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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