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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. To which phrase in the Declaration of Independence did John C. Calhoun object?
(a) The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.
(b) Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
(c) Endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.
(d) All men are created equal.

2. What did the Founders design the Constitution to protect?
(a) The government from the people.
(b) The nation from outside forces.
(c) The laws of the nation.
(d) Freedom from interference.

3. How many Southern states had seceded before Abraham Lincoln took office?
(a) Six.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Seven.

4. What were Thomas Jefferson's interests?
(a) Law and politics.
(b) Everything.
(c) Science and Medicine.
(d) Psycology and social behavior.

5. What form of oppression did Wendell Phillips condemn in the North?
(a) Indentured servitude.
(b) Prostitution.
(c) Legalized slavery.
(d) Wage slavery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Wendell Phillips want to prevent people from becoming?

2. What office did Thomas Jefferson hold in Virginia?

3. What type of politician was Thomas Jefferson?

4. How did the Founders plan for legislature to be processed?

5. According to the Founders, what could use private vices to produce public benefits?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Hofstadter consider Wendell Phillips the most effective abolitionist?

4. What concerns did white laborers have over slavery?

5. What opinion did the Founders have about human nature?

6. Describe John C. Calhoun.

7. How did Abraham Lincoln initiate war without ordering the Union Army to attack?

8. How did Andrew Jackson ensure that his policies would be enforced long after he left office?

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

10. What is "wage slavery?"

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