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Thomas Jefferson and Prudence

  • I can practice roleplaying to understand the importance of prudence in a leader.
Directions: Follow the scenario below.


 You are the leader of a new nation. You were recently elected under a promise to ensure that the government would limit its power.

A sudden offer to expand your territory comes to your desk. You must accept or deny the offer within 24 hours and none of your closest advisors can be reached to help you come to a decision. The decision is yours alone and you must act quickly.

Things to consider

  • There are no clear guidelines on the legality of this offer.
  • You were elected to your current position under a promise of limiting the government’s power.
  • You are unsure how your decision will be received by your advisors and the public.
  • You are unsure of what people, goods, crops, territory, make up this territory you have been offered.
  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime offer to greatly expand your territory.

My Decision (write your decision below)












My Rationale (Explain why you made the previous decision)













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