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Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what prestigious university did Adams once work as a professor?
(a) Dartmouth.
(b) Yale.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Princeton.

2. Which of the following public offices did John Quincey Adams NOT hold?
(a) President.
(b) Congressman.
(c) Senator.
(d) Supreme Court Justice.

3. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?
(a) Businesses who benefited from his help paid off his debts so he could remain in the senate.
(b) Webster appointed his relatives to Senate jobs.
(c) Webster was offered a bfribe which he nearly accepted.
(d) Webster lied under oath in a Senate hearing.

4. In PROFILES IN COURAGE, what does John F. Kennedy fear the American public has forgotten?
(a) Where to look for courage in a politician.
(b) How to tell if a man is honest.
(c) The basic principles our country was founded on.
(d) What courage actually is.

5. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.
(a) The need to publish a book.
(b) The need to get more education.
(c) The need to travel the world.
(d) The need to get re-elected.

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

7. What traits indicate that Adams suffered common human emotions?
(a) His hate and retribution against his enemies.
(b) Adams secret life of debauchery.
(c) Times of disappointment and hurt at loss of popularity.
(d) Lapses in his Puritanical beliefs.

8. What made Sam Houston a household word in the United States?
(a) He became known for the Houston knife he invented.
(b) He ran for president in 1856 but did not win the Democratic nomination.
(c) He was leader of the Texas forces that defeated Mexico at the battle of San Jacinto.
(d) He was a greater orator than Daniel Webster.

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

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

11. Why did Houston define himself as an old fogy?
(a) Because, he said, he had been made a martyr for Texas.
(b) Because, he said, I cling devotedly to the principles upon which our government was founded.
(c) Because, he said, I don't always practice what I preach.
(d) Because, he said, I have been around far too long and need to retire.

12. What earned Houston the name of traitor and pro-Abolitionist?
(a) His vote against the Missouri compromise.
(b) His support of President Lincoln.
(c) His vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
(d) His friendship with Senator Calhoun.

13. What was Webster's justification for accepting political gifts and money?
(a) He considered them gifts from God and from voters or constituents who Webster believed were created in God's image.
(b) He used everything he collected for his favorite charities.
(c) He published his gifts in the newspaper.
(d) He shared the gifts with other Senators and Congressmen.

14. What action by Texas brought about the end of Houston's career?
(a) Voting to declare war on the North and sending troups and money to the Confederacy.
(b) Seceeding from the Confederacy and impeaching Sam Houston.
(c) Voting to return to its independent state as the Republic of Texas.
(d) Secession from the Union and demanding a vow of loyalty to Texas as a member of the Confederacy..

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In terms of service in office of both father and son, what similarity set them apart from presidents before and after them?

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

3. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?

4. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.

5. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?

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