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 are the last surviving Founding Fathers?

2. Who is Madison Hemings?

3. Besides it being obvious that several of Sally Hemings' children have a white father, what makes it even more possible that they are Jefferson's?

4. What is ironic about the enforcement of the separation of church and state?

5. What does everyone expect of President Thomas Jefferson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jefferson hates to have his work edited.

Part 1) What works of Jefferson's mentioned in the text are edited?

Part 2) Why are they edited?

Part 3) How does he handle having his works edited?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jefferson is chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.

Part 1) Two pamphlets are considered the rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence. What are the names of these pamphlets? Describe them.

Part 2) Why is he chosen to write the Declaration of Independence?

Part 3) How accurate is much of the information in the Declaration of Independence prior to editing? Explain.

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