In this note-taking exercise, students are required to explain how each of the following controversies affected the presidency of Andrew Jackson:
1. The Spoils System, 1828;
2. The Nullification Crisis, 1828 to 1832;
3. The Trail of Tears, 1830s;
4. The Peggy Eaton Affair, 1831;
5. The War with the Bank of the United States, 1832 to 1836; and,
6. The Specie Circular, 1836.
At the end of the exercise sheet is a list of commonly used high school sources (i.e., textbooks) for quick and easy reference. This exercise has proven to be a useful tool for quiz preparation and also in the development of paragraph and essay writing skills.