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. As what is Sally Hemings known?

2. What small parade precedes him to the Capitol?

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

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

5. What changes would Jefferson wholeheartedly approve?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does John Adams mean by "Thomas Jefferson lives"?

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

4. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

5. What is the reason for the lack of pomp in his arrival to the Capitol?

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

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

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

9. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

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

Jefferson, especially later in life, attends many parties.

Part 1) How does Jefferson react at parties early in his career?

Part 2) How is he at parties later in life?

Part 3) He often retreat to Poplar Forest to get away from the crowds at Monticello. Why does he do this, rather than end the parties?

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson idealizes nature.

Part 1) What does he believe about the natural world?

Part 2) What examples from the text show he idealizes nature?

Part 3) Is he correct in his belief? Why or why not?

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