The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It Test | Mid-Book 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. According to Hofstadter, how is Andrew Jackson often depicted?

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

3. Which state did Andrew Jackson threaten to conquer in Chapter 4?

4. Why did Abraham Lincoln prefer to read aloud?

5. Who won the presidential election in 1828?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Andrew Jackson destroy the Bank of America?

2. What social reforms did Thomas Jefferson make in Virginia?

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

4. How did Andrew Jackson support the growth of capitalism in the United States?

5. Describe John C. Calhoun.

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

7. What other form of oppression did Wendell Phillips seek to undermine besides slavery?

8. What is "wage slavery?"

9. How did the American aristocracy establish their social hierarchy in the 18th and 19th centuries?

10. How did Abraham Lincoln rise to power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the philosophies and events that affected Abraham Lincoln's attitude towards slavery. According to Hofstadter, what issues were important to Lincoln? Why did Lincoln participate in a recolonization society? What prompted Lincoln to finally issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

Essay Topic 2

What social reforms are credited to Thomas Jefferson? How did Jefferson's personal life affect his social policies? How did Jefferson's social philosophies affect his national policies as President?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the balance of power the Founders of the Constitution wished to achieve in the new American government. Why did they wish to have power divided between the federal and state level? How did they wish for power to be divided among citizens? What dangers did they see in having one group hold too much power?

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