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Grade 8 Document-Based Question DBQ Theme: The Impact of Political Parties DIRECTIONS: This task is based on the accompanying documents. Some of these documents have been edited to help you with the task. The essay is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents and your knowledge regarding the development and impact of political parties. Carefully analyze the documents. Your responses should help you to write the essay. HISTORICAL CONTEXT: Before leaving office, George Washington sounded a warning about political parties and their potential to divide and destroy America. TASK A: Using information from the documents and your knowledge of social studies, answer the questions that follow each document. Your answers to the questions will help you write the essay. TASK B: Write an essay that addresses the following question: To what extent was George Washington correct in his warning about political parties? Use the following guidelines: • Write a well organized essay that includes a strong introduction, body (topic and closing sentence for each paragraph), and conclusion that defends your position on the question above. • Use you knowledge, evidence from the documents and the answers to the questions in Part A to support your response which should: • Evaluate Washington’s concerns against later events involving political parties to determine if he was correct. • Discuss the reasons political parties developed in the United States • Limit your argument to political parties and issues prior to 1870. • Do not simply repeat the contents of the documents • Include details, examples or reasons to develop your ideas • Utilize specific related outside information (your knowledge of social studies)
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