Online Textbook Chapter 11 Assignment (5 points for each question for 10 points)

Due: April 21 by 11:59pm (post response to Canvas)

Students should read Chapter 11 of the online textbook. Student should be sure to read any historical documents that appear in the online textbook but are not required to click on any of the links that take the reader to an external internet site.

After reading Chapter 11, students are to complete two questions (that I select) from the Critical Thinking Questions at the end of the chapter. If you are reading the textbook online, you can click on “Critical Thinking Questions” from Chapter 11 in the table of contents. If you’re reading the textbook as a PDF, the questions are on page 330. I’ve also typed up the questions below.

For each question, students should write a response of at least 150 words. Students are welcome to go over the minimum word count requirement. If you include the question in your response, it does not count toward the word count requirement. The response should be written in your own words. DO NOT cut and paste the response from sentences or phrases from the textbook.


Each response must reflect the content of the textbook. Not what students looked up online.

These questions are designed to hold students accountable for the reading as well as to be used as notes for the essay exams. Students taking their time in their reading and question responses will have a major head start on the essay exams.


These responses will be evaluated on how well the responses reflect the content of the reading.

Students should submit their responses as ONE Word doc or PDF file to Canvas.


Critical Thinking Questions (please identify your response by question number)

21. Describe the place of Texas in the history of American westward expansion by comparing Texas’s early history to the Missouri Crisis in 1819-1820. What are the similarities and what are the differences?

22. Consider the arguments over the expansion of slavery made by both northerners and southerners in the aftermath of the US victory over Mexico. Who had the more compelling case? Or did each side make equally significant arguments?