Profiles in Courage Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?
(a) Making decisions when a fellow Senator or Congressman needs to get a pet project going.
(b) Making decisions when to satisfy a constituancy will not be what is best for the nation.
(c) Making decisions that will satisfy everyone in one way or another.
(d) Making decisions when you do not have enough information to make good ones.

2. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?
(a) Social and public pressures.
(b) Fear of the unknown.
(c) Averice and greed.
(d) Not enough education about courage.

3. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?
(a) Walking on the moon.
(b) Not being able to care about doing a good job.
(c) Being alone in the desert.
(d) Walking in the difficult landscape of being elected by constituents.

4. What occurred during a duel that gave Benton a reputation as something of a thug?
(a) He rigged the other pistol so it wouldn't fire.
(b) He threw down his gun and beat the man with his fists.
(c) He killed a U. S. District Attorney.
(d) He had a sniper actually shoot the opponent.

5. How did Webster's constituents view his stand on compromise with the slave states?
(a) They thought he should run for President.
(b) They supported him wholeheartedly.
(c) It drew their wrath.
(d) They were proud of their native son.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was John Quincey Adams generally unhappy?

2. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?

3. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?

4. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?

5. What was one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?

(see the answer key)

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