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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?
(a) Benton had too many duels.
(b) The Missouri voters felt allied to the South but Benton supported the Union.
(c) Benton refused to own slaves.
(d) The Missouri voters became ashamed of Benton's rough behavior.

2. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?
(a) Clay was a republican and Webster was an independent.
(b) Clay had always opposed Webster in the Senate before.
(c) Clay was from the South and Webster was from the North.
(d) Webster had given many speeches opposing Henry Clay.

3. What were Benton's most effective weapons as a fighter?
(a) Guns and canons.
(b) Knives and bull whips.
(c) Friends and relatives.
(d) Wit and sarcasm.

4. Why was it considered a contradiction when Houston supported temperance?
(a) He owned a brewery.
(b) He was a heavy drinker.
(c) His political supporters opposed temperance.
(d) He made his money in rum running.

5. What leader who was at odds with Adams' father did John Quincey find himself agreeing with quite often?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

6. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?
(a) His ability to make friends easily.
(b) His outstanding education.
(c) His handsomeand commanding appearance.
(d) His political connections.

7. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?
(a) His family.
(b) His people.
(c) His party.
(d) His god.

8. John Quincey Adams was a Senator from what state?
(a) New York.
(b) Massachusetts.
(c) Virginia.
(d) Connecticutt.

9. Where did Benton say he's rather see the Democratic Party rather than give one inch to Mr. Van Buren?
(a) Out of politics altogether.
(b) A thousand miles north of the Mason Dixon Line.
(c) 50 fathoms deep into the middle of hell fire.
(d) Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

10. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.
(b) Houston owned slaves himself.
(c) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(d) Houston disliked all Yankees.

11. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?
(a) Follow the yellow brick road.
(b) The way to get along is to go along.
(c) Listen and do what the majority are doing.
(d) The way to go is to make your own decisions.

12. How did Benton's reputation for being crazy become problematic to his opponents?
(a) They feared he would challenge them to a duel.
(b) They thought people would think they were picking on Benton.
(c) They never knew what he might do next.
(d) They feared he would blow up the capitol building.

13. What was one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?
(a) Benton is a bull in a china shop.
(b) Benton always knows what is right.
(c) Benton and Democracy are one and the same.
(d) Benton will never compromise.

14. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.
(b) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.
(c) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.
(d) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.

15. What well-known military leader had Houston served under?
(a) Robert E. Lee.
(b) Andrew Jackson.
(c) Ulysses S. Grant.
(d) George Washington.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who said that courage is grace under pressure?

3. In PROFILES IN COURAGE, what does John F. Kennedy fear the American public has forgotten?

4. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?

5. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?

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