STUDY SHEET FOR HISTORY 223, EXAM 3

A. Exam 3 will be on held on the following dates:

  1. Section A (12:00 MWF)--Thursday, December 11, 1997, at 3:00-5:00.
  2. Section B (1:00 MWF)--Friday, December 12, 1997, at 3:00-5:00.

B. Exam 3 will cover:

  1. All lectures from November 12 (Jackson's presidency) through December 8.
  2. Tindall and Shi, America: A Narrative History, chaps. chaps. 11, 14-18. Use the text to answer questions which occur to you as you study other materials, to cover topics we have not had time to discuss in class, and to reinforce in your memory the material we cover in class.
  3. Madaras and SoRelle, Taking Sides, pgs. 184-203, 224-381.
  4. Gates, Classic Slave Narratives, pgs. 255-331, 333-515.
  5. Give priority to studying lecture notes.

C. Outline Of Exam 3

  1. Take-home essay question (20 points)
    1. Refer to the handout entitled "Take-home Questions for Exams" for questions.
    2. Write your essay about the period of history beginning with Andrew Jackson's presidency and ending with the end of Reconstruction (1877).
  2. In-class essay question (30 points, 20 minutes)
  3. Multiple choice and short answer questions (50 points, 25 minutes)
  4. The size and structure of the final exam will be the same as the previous tests, but you may use the full two hours of the final exam period to complete the exam.
D. In-Class Essays for Exam 3

Students will be required to answer ONE in-class essay question as a part of Exam 3. The following is a list of potential essay questions for the exam. Two of the essays questions below will be on Exam 3. Each student will pick one of these questions to answer on of the exam.


  1. Discuss Andrew Jackson's political philosophy. What were the major tenets of Jackson's philosophy? Assess the impact of Jackson's political philosophy on the following events of Jackson's presidency: (a) the Nullification Crisis, (b) the Indian Removal policy, (c) the Maysville Road Bill veto.

  2. Discuss Andrew Jackson's Bank War. What events prompted the Bank War? What were the economic effects of the Bank War? What were the political effects of the Bank War?

  3. Some historians portray Andrew Jackson as the champion of the democracy and the common man. Others claim that Jackson was an autocrat who had little sincere regard for the interests of the American people. Which image of Jackson comes closer to being correct? Why?

  4. Compare and contrast the autobiographies of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.

  5. Discuss the sectional crisis of 1844-50 and the Compromise of 1850. How did events of 1844-50 promote the sectional crisis which led to the compromise? What were the provisions of the compromise? How successful was the compromise in resolving sectional tensions?

  6. Defend or refute the following statement: More than any other factor, the Civil War was caused by the actions of irresponsible politicians who whipped up sectional disputes to win elections.

  7. Discuss the "military balance sheet" of the Civil War. What were the North's strengths and weaknesses? What were the South's strengths and weaknesses? Describe how these factors contributed to the North's victory in the war.

  8. Assess Abraham Lincoln's presidential leadership. What were Lincoln's greatest strengths and successes? What were Lincoln's greatest weaknesses and failures? To what degree was Lincoln responsible for the northern victory in the Civil War?

  9. Discuss the efforts to protect black rights during Reconstruction. What efforts were made to protect black rights? How successful were these efforts? Was it just for the North to use coercion against the white South to protect black rights? Why?


HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1492-1877

HIS 223: Introduction to American History, 1877-Present

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