American Sphinx Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 believe creates wars, rather than prevents them?

2. When does this erosion take place?

3. What are John Adam's final words?

4. What would Jefferson disapprove of since his death?

5. Of what is Jefferson the symbol?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jefferson want to eliminate as president?

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

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

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 Jefferson spend his retirement?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An accusation that historians still debate to this day is that of the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings.

Part 1) Of what is he accused?

Part 2) What is the evidence of the relationship?

Part 3) Character flaws are a part of humanity. Why do scholars, historians, and the general public still debate this relationship?

Essay Topic 2

After Jefferson's 1775 to 1776 winter retreat to Monticello, he tries unsuccessfully to avoid returning to Philadelphia.

Part 1) Why does he not want to return?

Part 2) What are his tactics for avoiding the return?

Part 3) Where would Jefferson rather be? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Jefferson idealizes nature.

Part 1) What does he believe about the natural world?

Part 2) What examples from the text show he idealizes nature?

Part 3) Is he correct in his belief? Why or why not?

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