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The Jefferson Presidency

The Jefferson Presidency

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Jefferson's Revolution of 1800Teacher Pass

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


    Big Picture

    1. How suited would a philosopher be to serve as president? 
    2. What is the best background for a person seeking the office? Explain your choice(s).
      • Business?
      • Military?
      • Law?
      • Education?
      • Farming?
    3. What were Jefferson's most significant achievements prior to being elected president?
    4. Would these get him elected today?
    5. If he ran today, what would his opponent emphasize while campaigning against him?
    6. Did the country need a "re-revolution" in 1800?
    7. How accurate was Jefferson's assessment of the state of affairs?