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. How does Ellis describe Jefferson regarding his sexual energy?

2. How would Jefferson feel about urbanization?

3. What would Jefferson disapprove of since his death?

4. What does Jefferson believe creates wars, rather than prevents them?

5. What is remarkable about the transfer of power from one president to the next?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Jefferson retreat to Poplar Forest?

3. How does Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Jefferson accused, inaccurately, of being an atheist?

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

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

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 3

Jefferson has continued to be one of the most popular presidents in history.

Part 1) What evidence proves this?

Part 2) Why might he be so popular?

Part 3) What other president might also be popular, beloved, and admired? Why?

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