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James K. Polk Quiz

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What number of American President was Polk chronologically?
9th
11th
13th
15th

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Polk's politics were largely defined by what previous President who was known for his oversight of a radical shift in the platform of the Democratic Party?
James Madison
William Henry Harrison
John Adams
Andrew Jackson

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Polk was the first American President to come from which state which he also served as the governor of?
Kentucky
Ohio
Georgia
Tennessee

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One of Polk's most influential domestic policy shifts was the abolition of America's national bank which was instituted by what Founding Father who was the first Secretary of the Treasury?
Alexander Hamilton
Benjamin Franklin
James Madison
George Washington

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In 1846, Polk enacted what piece of legislation to reduce American tariff rates in an attempt to bolster the economy?
The Reginald-Fines Act
The Walker Tariff
The Polk Act
The Helliana Accord

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Which of the following nicknames was Polk referred to by in his time because of his fiery rhetoric?
James K. Polk Quiz
The Shouting Dandy in the Black
Mr. Flametongue Himself
Firecracker of Grand Tennessee
Napoleon of the Stump

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When he served in Congress, Polk served for a time as the Chairman of what organization which oversees American financial policy?
The Heads and Tails Committee
The Dometas Committee
The Ways and Means Committee
The Purse Strings Committee

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Polk became President by defeating what notable Whig statesman in the Election of 1844?
Zachary Taylor
William Henry Harrison
Thomas Baldwin
Henry Clay

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James K. Polk proved his capabilities as a negotiator when he helped peacefully resolve a dispute with Great Britain over the borders of what territory in the American northwest?
The Wyoming Territory
The Idaho Territory
The Montana Territory
The Oregon Territory

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Polk was President throughout the course of what war of American history?
The Mexican-American War
The War of 1812
The Civil War
The Spanish-American War

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The Mexican-American War largely stemmed from the conflict between the governments of America and Mexico after what territory seceded from Mexico, formed an independent republican government, and then wished to join the U.S.?
Oregon
California
Texas
Louisiana

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Polk sent what politician to Mexico with the goal of purchasing New Mexico and California only for that politician to be ignored by those he was meant to meet with?
Benjamin Harrison
John Slidell
William Pinckney
Oscar Ruthers

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What is the name of this future-President who commanded troops in the Mexican-American War  on Polk's orders?
James K. Polk Quiz
Zachary Taylor
Winfield Scott
Ulysses S. Grant
Ambrose Burnside

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The end of the Mexican-American provided America with an expanded border in relation to Mexico. The new border between the two was determined based on what river that currently separates the U.S.A. and Mexico?
The Rio Conchos
The Lerma River
The Yaqui River
The Rio Grande

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What is the treaty which Polk helped negotiate to end the Mexican-American War?
The Treaty of Santa Anna
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
The Treaty of Bonsonja Villa
The Treaty of Dallas

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