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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is ironic about Houston as an Indian fighter?
(a) It was the only time he was a team player.
(b) He distrusted Andrew Jackson.
(c) He knew nothing about Indians.
(d) He had lived twice with the Cherokee.

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

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

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

5. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.
(b) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(c) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(d) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.

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

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

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

9. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?
(a) Walking on the moon.
(b) Walking in the difficult landscape of being elected by constituents.
(c) Being alone in the desert.
(d) Not being able to care about doing a good job.

10. What metaphor does Kennedy use to describe the relationship between the elected official and the electorate?
(a) A lawyer-client relationship.
(b) A coach-team relationship.
(c) A doctor-patient relationship.
(d) A father-child relationship.

11. What did the historian Wharton say about Houston's courage as he fought against Texas' secession from the Union?
(a) He relapsed into alcoholism and went back to the Cherokee.
(b) Houston finally lost his courage and gave in to popular opinion.
(c) No one paid any attention as Houston entered the Secessionist Convention.
(d) It took a thousand times more courage than charging up the hill at San Jacinto.

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

13. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?
(a) Montana.
(b) Oregon.
(c) California.
(d) Alaska.

14. In a speech, how did Houston justify his right to deliver an address in a Texas town where he had been turned away from the courthouse?
(a) He said he paid his taxes regularly.
(b) He said he had authorized the funds to build that courthouse.
(c) He said he was the greatest general Texas ever had.
(d) He said he had watered Texas soil with his blood.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?

2. What two bills did Houston support that made him unpopular in the South?

3. What metaphoric comparison does Kennedy make to John Quincey Adams' Puritanism?

4. Why was it considered a contradiction when Houston supported temperance?

5. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?

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