Profiles in Courage Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(b) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(c) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(d) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.

3. What is a particular problem on occasion when the electorate presents a desire to the elected official?
(a) What they want is not clear to the elected official.
(b) What they want they are not willing to help pay for.
(c) What they want is not fair to fixed income people.
(d) What they want may not in the long run be good for the constituency.

4. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?
(a) The need to be right all the time.
(b) The need to be well liked.
(c) The need to be different from other politicians.
(d) The need to raise campaign money.

5. 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 thought it would give him power to run for President.
(c) He viewed it as a short-term compromise.
(d) He wanted to bring the prospect of Civil War to a head.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?

2. How does Kennedy assess the failure of both Adams presidencies to produce second terms?

3. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?

4. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?

5. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

(see the answer key)

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