Profiles in Courage Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?
(a) He knew all the words in the dictionary.
(b) He could out talk his opponents.
(c) He was older than any other politician.
(d) He had strong views against slavery.

2. How did Ross describe his feelings just before he cast his not guilty vote?
(a) I had a great lump in my throat.
(b) I felt the chill of fear on my spine.
(c) I looked down at my open grave.
(d) I was afraid I could not speak.

3. What characteristic of Sen. Taft did Kennedy suggest might best be judged after many years?
(a) How he managed to appear charming when he was destroying an enemy.
(b) How he inspired loyal devotees as well as bitter enemies.
(c) How he refrained from speaking his mind on controversial political issure.
(d) How he accepted Socialist philosophy.

4. What memorable line did the Toledo BLADE print about Taft after he decried the Nuremberg trials?
(a) He has no feeling about the soup kitchens of 1932 but supports Nazi criminals.
(b) This is not the time to weaken the punishment of international crimes.
(c) That Taft wanted to let loose on the world a terrible gang of cutthroats.
(d) He has a wonderful mind that knows practically everything and understands practically nothing.

5. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?
(a) As a debator who loved to take any opposing view.
(b) Not as a Massachusetts man but as an American.
(c) As a free thinker opposed to the Union.
(d) As a citizen of the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?

2. Which bitter rival of Sen. Robert A. Taft actually ended up in the White House?

3. Why was it so surprising to the Radical Republicans that Ross would not announce his vote before the trial began?

4. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?

5. Taft's words on freedom of thought, freedom from orthodox dogma, and the right to think for oneself are his definition of what?

(see the answer key)

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