James K. Polk: Presidency, Facts & Accomplishments


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To which political party did James Polk belong?

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1. Which president did James Polk become close to during his early political career?

2. Which offices did Polk NOT hold before his election as President of the United States?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A Jacksonian Democrat who advocated for the interests of the common man, James Polk was a dark horse candidate who was elected in 1844 and entered the White House with a concise agenda of land acquisition and economic reform which he accomplished before he left office in 1849. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand Polk's rise to power, his major decisions and achievements, and his role in charting the course of 19th century American history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Polk's political mentor
  • The war during Polk's presidency
  • Polk's domestic policy accomplishments
  • Offices Polk held prior to being elected president
  • Polk's political party

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on James
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding Polk's domestic accomplishments
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Polk's decisions that expanded U.S. territory

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called James K. Polk: Presidency, Facts & Accomplishments. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the significance of Polk's accomplishments while president
  • Cite his domestic policy goals and achievements
  • Explain Polk's position on slavery
  • Understand the significance of Polk's deal on the Oregon Territory