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 small parade precedes him to the Capitol?

2. Who are the last surviving Founding Fathers?

3. Where is Jefferson the most popular historical figure?

4. What is Jefferson's last attempt to save Monticello for his daughter and her children?

5. With what does Jefferson's election coincide?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What has happened to Jefferson's and Adam' friendship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

As Secretary of State Jefferson engages in vile public clashes with Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury.

Part 1) Describe Alexander Hamilton.

Part 2) Why does Jefferson detest Hamilton?

Part 3) Who else clashes with Hamilton? Why?

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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