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. Why was John Quincey Adams generally unhappy?
(a) He never couold live up to his mother's expectations.
(b) He never married his childhood sweetheart.
(c) He never felt he had accomplished enough.
(d) He never traveled abroad.

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

3. What was the result of Webster's courageous stand in giving the Seventh of March speech?
(a) Webster would have become president but he died 2 years later.
(b) Webster changed his position of slavery to agree with Clay.
(c) Webster was honored by his constituents as a man of courage.
(d) Webster sacrificed his potential presidential run and his popularity.

4. What does Kennedy say was a liability about Webster's immense popularity with both sides of the political spectrum?
(a) People rarely took him seriously because of his ability to argue both sides.
(b) He was a politician of popular opinion rather than high principles.
(c) He had the ability to disappoint twice as many people than most elected officials.
(d) Being popular made it difficult for him to compromise.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?

2. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

3. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?

4. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?

5. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?

(see the answer key)

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