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

2. Who is Elizabeth Walker?

3. What legacy of Jefferson's lives on?

4. As president, from what does Jefferson suffer?

5. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do historians verify in the 1950s?

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

7. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

9. Of what aspects of our culture and government would Jefferson disapprove?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the British, led by Benedict Arnold, invade Richmond, Jefferson flees on horseback.

Part 1) Why does he flee?

Part 2) What does the Virginia Assembly do because of this?

Part 3) How does this prove one of many differences exist between Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?

Essay Topic 2

Jefferson very publicly becomes a Francophone while in Paris.

Part 1) What is a Francophone?

Part 2) Why and how is Jefferson a Francophone?

Part 3) How does it affect his opinion of the French?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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