Thomas Jefferson's Contradictory Views on Slavery


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Over the course of his lifetime, how many slaves did Thomas Jefferson own?

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1. In a nutshell, how did Jefferson deal with the issue of slavery?

2. Which is NOT true?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

That Jefferson's philosophies and beliefs were complicated is an understatement, particularly when the institution of slavery is considered. Among the topics brought up in the quiz/worksheet combo are Monticello and Jefferson's beliefs.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use these assessments to quantify your understanding of the following:

  • Famous slaves owned by Jefferson
  • The abundance of Jefferson's slaves
  • Jefferson's home
  • The course of action recommended by Jefferson regarding slavery
  • Jefferson's beliefs

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz present the opportunity for you to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you can understand the most important points presented in the related lesson on Jefferson and what has been called 'that peculiar institution'
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about Jefferson's complex attitudes toward slavery and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the information you've gained on where Monticello was located

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about Thomas Jefferson as a man of his time, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Thomas Jefferson's contradictory Views on Slavery. Objectives, such as the following, are considered in the lesson:

  • Comment on how slave labor was used at Jefferson's home
  • Identify Jefferson's blacksmith and why he might be unique
  • Quote two phrases Jefferson used that make clear his view of slavery
  • Examine what Jefferson thought regarding the immediate abolition of slavery
  • Discuss contrary views held by historians about Jefferson