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The Jefferson Presidency

The Jefferson Presidency

Discussion & Essay Questions

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


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