Unit 03: Federalism and Jeffersonian Democracy (1787 – 1816)



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UNIT 03: Federalism and Jeffersonian Democracy (1787 – 1816)

Free Response essay questions reflect important analytical topics in the AP American History curriculum. When assigned a Free Response Question, use the "Free Response Format" "Essay Rubric" and the "Assessment Sheet" located in the "Templates" section of this website.








      • How was this viewpoint manifested in Hamilton’s financial program as Secretary of the Treasury? (71)




  • Analyze the reasons for Anti-Federalist opposition to ratifying the Constitution. (08)




  • Between 1783 and 1800, the new government of the United States faced the same political, economic, and constitutional issues that troubled the British government’s relations with the colonies prior to the Revolution. Assess the validity of this generalization. (80)




  • Evaluate the relative importance of domestic and foreign affairs in shaping American politics in the 1790’s. (94)




  • The Bill of Rights did not come from a desire to protect the liberties won in the American Revolution, but rather from a fear of the powers of the new federal government. Assess the validity of the statement. (91)




  • There is no American history separate from the history of Europe. Test this generalization by examining the impact of European events on the domestic policies of the U.S. from 1789 to 1815. (72)




  • The achievements of generals are in the long run more decisive than the achievements of diplomats. Assess the validity of this generalization for the U.S. in the period 1800 – 1825. (74)




  • Early United States foreign policy was primarily a defensive reaction to perceived or actual threats from Europe. Assess the validity of this generalization with reference to US foreign policy on TWO major issues during the period from 1789–1825. (83)




  • To what extent was the election of 1800 aptly named the “Revolution of 1800”? Consider the following areas:


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