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. Politicians have long been subjected to what type of rumors?

2. What does everyone expect of President Thomas Jefferson?

3. What lasts the remainder of Jefferson's and Adams' lives?

4. How would Jefferson feel about increased military might?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Jefferson make the Louisiana Purchase?

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

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

7. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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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