hist 1301 exam 2

Choose FIVE out of eight optional questions to answer. Responses should be around 3-5 sentences in length, typed and single-spaced.

  • Explain what the spoils system is and its significance to American politics during and after the Jackson administration.
  • Explain why slavery was a rich man’s industry. Make sure to note how many Southerners actually owned slaves, and further how many actually owned plantations.
  • Explain the various ways used by the South to justify slavery.
  • Explain why Americans wanted to expanded westward.
  • Explain the significance of the Mexican-American War on American history.
  • Explain the significance of the Nullification Crisis and how it related to the overall debate in the United States regarding the powers of the federal government.
  • Explain the basic ways how the system of checks and balances works in the American government.
  • Explain the Founding Father’s reasoning to have an Electoral College ultimately choose the president.

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