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. Of what is Jefferson the founder?

2. Who is Elizabeth Walker?

3. How does Jefferson believe emancipation would work?

4. When is there an increase in U.S. military might?

5. Jefferson is a follower of Jesus but for what does he not have respect?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Although Jefferson believes that slavery should be abolished, what does he feel about the issue of equality?

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

8. How are Jefferson's views of slavery at this point in his life?

9. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

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

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 3

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?

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