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. How did Webster view the Compromise of 1850 in terms of his anti-slavery convictions?
(a) He believed that compromise would eventually lead to abolition.
(b) He viewed it as a short-term compromise.
(c) He thought it would give him power to run for President.
(d) He wanted to bring the prospect of Civil War to a head.

2. Why was it so surprising to the Radical Republicans that Ross would not announce his vote before the trial began?
(a) Because he was from Kansas, they thought he would not vote against his constituents.
(b) He had been anti-Johnson for many years.
(c) The senior Senator from Kansas was for convicting Johnson.
(d) Roos' history was one of anti-slavery and against the southern states.

3. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?
(a) The moral question of accepting money and gifts for Webster was not an issue for him.
(b) He accepted money and gifts but always did only what he thought was right.
(c) He never let that happen to him.
(d) He felt he was entitled to extra benefits for his service to the Union.

4. Why were the Radical Republicans happy to see Edmund G. Ross come to the Senate?
(a) He was a moderate who opposed slave states but owned slaves himself.
(b) He was adamantly against slavery and had worked hard for abolition.
(c) He was inexperienced in politics and the Senators could control him.
(d) He had spoken out for Lincoln's reconstruction ideas.

5. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?
(a) As a squeaky voiced speaker.
(b) As a particularly eloquent speaker.
(c) As a writer of fiction.
(d) As a politician who opposed any kind of compromise.

Short Answer Questions

1. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?

2. Why did the six Republicans say they would not vote to convict President Johnson?

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

4. What does Kennedy identify as the personal tragedy and national greatness about Sen. Robert A. Taft?

5. On what basis did Edmund G. Ross claim his right not to decide until all the evidence was presented against Johnson.

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