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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In which state was Abraham Lincoln raised?
(a) Iowa.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Kentucky.

2. What form of rivalry did the Founders wish to allow in their new country?
(a) Competition.
(b) Class change.
(c) Interstate rivalries.
(d) Land acquisition.

3. How does Hofstadter describe Abraham Lincoln's concern over the issue of slavery in America?
(a) Weak.
(b) Fierce.
(c) Strong.
(d) Mild.

4. As president, which institution did Andrew Jackson allow to expire?
(a) The Bank of the Congress.
(b) The Bank of North America.
(c) The First Bank of the United States.
(d) The Second Bank of the United States.

5. What concern did Northern laborers have about slavery?
(a) They could not compete with free labor.
(b) An increase in slave states would drive the price of goods up.
(c) They feared the rise of white slavery.
(d) Slavery was morally wrong.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Abraham Lincoln prefer to read aloud?

2. What did the Southwesterners want Andrew Jackson to do?

3. According to Hofstadter, why did Abraham Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

4. To which political leader does Hofstadter compare John C. Calhoun?

5. To what does Hofstadter attribute the failure of John C. Calhoun's political career?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Abraham Lincoln.

2. Describe Wendell Phillips.

3. What is "wage slavery?"

4. What interests did Thomas Jefferson's political party seek to protect?

5. Why did John C. Calhoun object to having the phrase "all men are created equal" in the Constitution?

6. According to Hofstadter, what was Abraham Lincoln's philosophy on slavery?

7. Which citizens did the Founders originally intend to give the most power and why?

8. Why does Hofstadter compare John C. Calhoun to Karl Marx?

9. Whom did Thomas Jefferson believe should have the most say in the government?

10. Why did the Populists see the Bank of America as an undemocratic institution?

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