Profiles in Courage Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In terms of service in office of both father and son, what similarity set them apart from presidents before and after them?
(a) Neither father nor son served a second term in office.
(b) Neither father nor son served out a full term in office.
(c) Both father and son served during wartime.
(d) Both father and son served three terms in office.

2. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?
(a) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.
(b) He lost his political influence for many months.
(c) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(d) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.

3. According to Kennedy, what makes it difficult to recognize courageous acts when they do occur?
(a) Business concerns and the competition for attention from the public.
(b) Media bias one way or the other.
(c) The secrecy of most courageous acts.
(d) Self interest that only looks like courage.

4. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?
(a) Making decisions when you do not have enough information to make good ones.
(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 that will satisfy everyone in one way or another.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first son of a former president to become president of the U.S.?

2. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?

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

4. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?

5. What leader who was at odds with Adams' father did John Quincey find himself agreeing with quite often?

(see the answer key)

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