Andrew Jackson And Jacksonian Democracy

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Jacksonian democracy was a movement for more democracy in American government in the 1830s. Led by President Andrew Jackson, this movement championed greater rights for the common man and was opposed to any signs of aristocracy in the nation. What do you remember from class about this movement? Take the test and find out!


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  • 1. 

    What was the "Spoils System?"

    • A.

      A system Jackson used to get rich.

    • B.

      When Jackson rewarded his supporters by giving them jobs.

    • C.

      When Jackson only listened to his friends instead of the presidential cabinet.

    Correct Answer
    B. When Jackson rewarded his supporters by giving them jobs.
    Explanation
    The "Spoils System" refers to the practice of Andrew Jackson rewarding his political supporters by appointing them to government positions. This system allowed Jackson to consolidate his power and ensure loyalty from his followers. By giving jobs to his supporters, Jackson was able to maintain a strong base of political allies and solidify his control over the government. This practice was seen as controversial and led to accusations of corruption, as it prioritized political loyalty over qualifications for the positions.

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  • 2. 

    Jackson won the presidency in 1828 because of support from who?

    • A.

      The well-borne

    • B.

      The Republicans

    • C.

      The Common Man

    • D.

      Businesses

    Correct Answer
    C. The Common Man
    Explanation
    In 1828, Jackson won the presidency due to the support he received from the common man. He was able to connect with ordinary citizens and appeal to their interests and concerns. Jackson positioned himself as a champion of the common man, promising to fight against the elite and privileged classes. This resonated with many voters who felt neglected by the existing political establishment. Jackson's ability to mobilize and rally support from the common man played a significant role in his victory in the presidential election of 1828.

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  • 3. 

    Why did more people vote in the election of 1828 than ever before?

    • A.

      All white men could vote for the first time

    • B.

      Women could vote

    • C.

      People didn't have to pay to vote for the first time

    • D.

      So many people liked Andrew Jackson

    Correct Answer
    A. All white men could vote for the first time
    Explanation
    In the election of 1828, more people voted than ever before because all white men were granted the right to vote for the first time. This expansion of suffrage allowed a larger portion of the population to participate in the election, leading to increased voter turnout. The inclusion of white men who were previously excluded from voting resulted in a significant increase in the number of people casting their votes in the election.

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  • 4. 

    The Nullification Crisis was a result of the strong feeling against what?

    • A.

      Andrew Jackson

    • B.

      The Kitchen Cabinet

    • C.

      Trail of Tears

    • D.

      High tariffs

    Correct Answer
    D. High tariffs
    Explanation
    The Nullification Crisis was a result of the strong feeling against high tariffs. During this time, the federal government imposed high tariffs on imported goods, which greatly affected the Southern states that relied heavily on foreign trade. South Carolina, in particular, felt that these tariffs were unfair and unconstitutional, and they threatened to nullify them within their state borders. This led to a tense standoff between the federal government and South Carolina, with the potential for secession. Ultimately, a compromise was reached, but the crisis highlighted the growing sectional tensions in the United States.

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  • 5. 

    What group was upset that Jackson destroyed the national bank?

    • A.

      Common people

    • B.

      Native Americans

    • C.

      Business owners

    • D.

      Women

    Correct Answer
    C. Business owners
    Explanation
    During his presidency, Andrew Jackson opposed the national bank, believing it favored the wealthy elite and hindered economic opportunities for the common people. While the common people may have been in favor of Jackson's decision to destroy the national bank, it was the business owners who were upset by this action. The national bank provided stability and access to credit for businesses, and its destruction disrupted the financial system, causing uncertainty and potential harm to their enterprises.

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  • 6. 

    Why were the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole called the Five Civilized Tribes?

    • A.

      They lived by white people.

    • B.

      They adopted many white ways

    • C.

      They did not hunt animals

    • D.

      They supported Jackson

    Correct Answer
    B. They adopted many white ways
    Explanation
    The Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole were called the Five Civilized Tribes because they adopted many white ways. This means that they embraced aspects of European-American culture and lifestyle, such as farming, education, and government systems. They also adopted Christianity and some even owned African American slaves. These tribes were seen as more "civilized" by the white settlers due to their assimilation of white customs and practices.

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  • 7. 

    What event caused Jackson to become a hero (ACTION JACKSON!!)?

    • A.

      Battle of New Orleans

    • B.

      Dual against Charles Dickenson

    • C.

      The Revolutionary War

    • D.

      The Civil War

    Correct Answer
    A. Battle of New Orleans
    Explanation
    The Battle of New Orleans caused Jackson to become a hero. This battle took place during the War of 1812 and was a significant victory for the United States against the British. Jackson's leadership and strategic skills were instrumental in the American forces' success in defending New Orleans. His decisive victory boosted national morale and solidified his reputation as a hero, earning him the nickname "ACTION JACKSON!!"

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  • 8. 

    What tribe suffered on the trail of tears?

    • A.

      Chickasaw

    • B.

      Cherokee

    • C.

      Choctaw

    • D.

      Crow

    Correct Answer
    B. Cherokee
    Explanation
    The Cherokee tribe suffered on the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears refers to the forced relocation of Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States to areas west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s. This relocation resulted in the deaths of thousands of Cherokee people due to exposure, disease, and starvation. The Cherokee were forcibly removed from their homes and made to travel long distances on foot, leading to immense suffering and loss for their tribe.

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  • 9. 

    Which kind of person was more likely to vote for Jackson?

    • A.

      Federal Judge

    • B.

      Banker

    • C.

      Farmer

    • D.

      Native American Chief

    Correct Answer
    C. Farmer
    Explanation
    Farmers were more likely to vote for Jackson because he portrayed himself as a champion of the common man and the working class. Jackson's policies, such as his opposition to the Bank of the United States and his support for westward expansion, appealed to farmers who were often in debt and wanted access to more land. Additionally, Jackson's military background and reputation as a war hero resonated with farmers who valued strength and leadership.

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  • 10. 

    What is an inauguration?

    • A.

      When a president is sworn in and officially takes office

    • B.

      When a president wins election

    • C.

      A presidential ball

    • D.

      An election debate

    Correct Answer
    A. When a president is sworn in and officially takes office
    Explanation
    An inauguration refers to the formal ceremony in which a president is sworn in and officially assumes office. It is a significant event that marks the beginning of a new presidential term and symbolizes the transfer of power. During the inauguration, the president takes the oath of office, typically administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and delivers an inaugural address outlining their vision and plans for their term. It is a momentous occasion that signifies the peaceful transition of leadership in a democratic society.

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  • 11. 

    Who was Jackson's Vice-President from South Carolina that talked about secession during the nullification crisis?

    • A.

      Henry Clay

    • B.

      Martin Van Buren

    • C.

      John C. Calhoun

    • D.

      Andrew Jackson (how could that be possible?!)

    Correct Answer
    C. John C. Calhoun
    Explanation
    During the nullification crisis, John C. Calhoun, who was Jackson's Vice-President from South Carolina, talked about secession. Calhoun was a strong advocate for states' rights and believed that states had the power to nullify federal laws they deemed unconstitutional. His support for nullification and secession during this crisis put him at odds with President Jackson, who believed in a strong federal government and opposed any threats to national unity.

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  • 12. 

    Who defeated Jackson in the Presidential election of 1824 in what was called the "corrupt bargain?"

    • A.

      John Quincy Adams

    • B.

      Henry Clay

    • C.

      James Madison

    • D.

      Abraham Lincoln

    Correct Answer
    A. John Quincy Adams
    Explanation
    In the Presidential election of 1824, John Quincy Adams defeated Jackson in what was called the "corrupt bargain." This refers to the alleged backroom deal between Adams and Henry Clay, who was Speaker of the House at the time. It is believed that Clay used his influence to secure Adams' victory in the House of Representatives, in exchange for being appointed as Adams' Secretary of State. This controversial election marked the end of Jackson's first bid for presidency and fueled his determination to win in the subsequent election.

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