Exam Format: IDS/MCQ/ESSAY




Essays (Prepare for ALL, I will choose 3)


1.      What was the impact of the enlightenment thinkers on the development of the U.S. Constitution?


2.       "By the 1850's the Constitution originally framed as an instrument of national unity, had become a source of sectional discord and tension and ultimately contributed to the failure of the union it had created."  Assess the validity of this statement



3.      Discuss the ways in which supporters of slavery in the 19th century used legal, religious, and economic arguments to defend the institution of slavery.


4.      Determine how slaves were able to create a community life under the constraints of slavery.


5.      Although Americans perceived Manifest Destiny as a benevolent movement, it was in fact an aggressive imperialism pursued at the expense of others." Assess the validity of this statement.

6.      How can you account for the fact that white Americans worked to integrate Native Americans into white culture while they were intentionally segregating African Americans?