The development of the current two major parties, the Democratic and the Republican parties, is the result ofA. Thomas Jefferson's Democratic Republican party splitting in two.B. Alexander...

The development of the current two major parties, the Democratic and the Republican parties, is the result of
A. Thomas Jefferson's Democratic Republican party splitting in two.
B. Alexander Hamilton's Federalist party splitting into two major factions.
C. The radicalization of voters due to the Tea Party's domination of the government.
D. The rise and fall of various parties over time, due to the big issues at the time. 
E. Voters rejecting the Bull Moose and Know-Nothing parties.

 

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teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can use the process of elimination to get to the correct answer to this question. From the start, C and E cannot be correct. The Tea Party, which is not really a political party but a radical right wing movement, began as a response to President Obama (long after the development of the Democratic and Republican parties), so C is wrong. Likewise, the Progressive Party morphed into Bull Moose Party in 1912, when it nominated Theodore Roosevelt for President: this is also long after the development of the Democratic and Republican parties. Therefore E is incorrect. 

The Democratic-Republican Party did split into two, but the two parts became the Democratic Party and the Whigs. The modern Republican party did not form until 1854, decades after the Democratic-Republican Party had divided. That cancels A as an answer. The Federalist party split early on, and by the 1820s, its members all were absorbed into either the Democratic or Whig parties—again, decades before the formation of the modern Republican party.

That leaves D as the only option—rather disappointing as it is so vague. 

 

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The only answer that is even close to being correct here is the Option D.  This is the correct answer. 

Some of these options are clearly way off the mark.  Option C cannot be right because the Republican and Democratic Parties existed long before the Tea Party.  Option D is wrong for a similar reason.  The Know-Nothings did exist around the same time as the Republican Party was getting started, but the Bull Moose Party was a short-lived party that only arose after the Republicans and Democrats were well established.

The Federalist Party virtually disappeared after the War of 1812.  The Democratic Republican Party did not truly split in two either.  It eventually morphed into the Democratic Party and the Whig Party. 

Option D is the correct answer.