President Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics


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How did the death of his son prior to his inauguration impact Franklin Pierce's policies?

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1. What is most likely the message of this political cartoon?

2. Why was Franklin Pierce selected as the Democratic nominee who eventually won the 1852 presidential election?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of politics and economics during Franklin Pierce's presidency. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the personal struggles Pierce faced.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Main aspect of Pierce's agenda
  • Public perception of Pierce
  • Revelations in the Ostend Manifesto

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on politics and economics during Franklin Pierce's presidency
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Gadsden Purchase
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Pierce's plans

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson President Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify Pierce's path to the presidency in the election of 1852
  • Understand the expansion plans Pierce intended
  • Identify the impact of the Gadsden Purchase
  • Recognize how the issue of slavery affected Pierce's plan
  • Understand the public's perception of Franklin Pierce