Honors Modern American Final Examination Essays 1) Examine American ideology from the late 1800’s to the present. Evaluate three periods of American history that witnessed a pronounced shift from previously accepted ideology. What caused these changes in thought and identify its manifestations. 2) It has been asserted that the Watergate scandal and subsequent resignation of Richard Nixon ended the “Imperial Presidency.” Examine the history of the American Presidency and evaluate the reasons and consequences for the expansion of Presidential power. 3) “The Presidency is not merely an administrative office. That is the least of it. It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient. It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership. All our great Presidents were leaders of thought at times when certain historic ideas in the life of the nation had to be clarified” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt Choose three American Presidents since McKinley that have demonstrated bold leadership. Explain the problems or crisis they confronted and why their leadership positively impacted the nation.