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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Benton oppose the treaty of annexation of Texas?
(a) Because he disliked Sam Houston.
(b) Because of his commitment to the Union.
(c) Because Texas was too big.
(d) Because Texas would cost too much money.

2. What Senator pulled a gun on Benton once?
(a) Senator Martin VanBuren.
(b) Senator William Cooper.
(c) Senator Aaron Burr.
(d) Senator Henry Foote.

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

4. Although thought of as a crazy politician, what did John F. Kennedy see as a mark of courage in the man?
(a) His stance on big government over states' rights.
(b) He would stand up in the Senate without a gun.
(c) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.
(d) He would do what he thought was right regardless of his party or his popularity.

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

6. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?
(a) He refused to argue against salvery when he went to the Southern states.
(b) He was a strong supporter of the Union and believed compromise on slavery was more important than breaking up the nation.
(c) He would not address the subject of slavery because he though it would just go away.
(d) He did not feel that being a part of a Union that allowed slavery in some territories a viable alternative.

7. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?
(a) As a writer of fiction.
(b) As a squeaky voiced speaker.
(c) As a particularly eloquent speaker.
(d) As a politician who opposed any kind of compromise.

8. What act of inconsistency brought his Missouri constituents to brand him a traitor?
(a) His voting with the Republicans.
(b) His willingness to allow the country to go to war.
(c) His opposition to annexting Texas.
(d) His opposition to the Missouri Compromise.

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

10. What measure did Henry Clay enlist Webster to help with?
(a) Speaches warning about Abraham Lincoln's political ambitions.
(b) The Great Compromise of 1850.
(c) Re-writing the Bill of Rights to include slavery.
(d) Clay's bid for re-election.

11. In addition to being the first Senator from Missouri, what other first did Benton achieve?
(a) First politician to support Martin Van Buren.
(b) First Senator to change political parties.
(c) First politician to have a duel.
(d) First Senator to serve 30 years in the Senate.

12. 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) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(c) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.
(d) He lost his political influence for many months.

13. 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.

14. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?
(a) His college friends and professors.
(b) His parents and God.
(c) His religious congregational members.
(d) His wife and his mistress.

15. How did Benton urge support for expansion to the West?
(a) He pushed a measure giving extra benefits to leaders of wagon trains.
(b) He made a Congressional junket to Oregon.
(c) He voted to give tax breaks to manufacturers of wagons.
(d) He supported communications methods such as the telegraph, the Pony Express and roadways that ran into the country.

Short Answer Questions

1. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?

2. How did Benton's reputation for being crazy become problematic to his opponents?

3. What advantage do minority special interest groups have to influence elected officials?

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

5. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?

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