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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What Webster speech in the Senate became known by the date it was given?
(a) The Seventh of March speech.
(b) The Independence Day speech.
(c) The Christmas Day speech.
(d) The First of January speech.

3. What is an irony of Benton's opposition to the slave states?
(a) He refused to go against his own party.
(b) He owned slaves himself.
(c) He was a descendent of a slave.
(d) He opposed abolition.

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

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

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

7. What do the subject of PROFILES IN COURAGE all have in common?
(a) They were all Democrats.
(b) They were all Republicans.
(c) They all lost elections and then won them the next time.
(d) They all served as U. S. Senators.

8. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?
(a) Northerns would be able to have slaves legally.
(b) If the Union divided, slavery might even become stronger in the Southern states.
(c) World opinion would eventually settle the question.
(d) Slavery would eventually dry up because there were fewer traders.

9. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) General Andrew Jackson called him for an important secret mission.
(b) He started drinking heavily and could not perform his duties.
(c) He discovered that his young bride had been forced to marry him even though she loved another.
(d) People were pressuring him to run for President of the Union but he did not want to.

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

11. 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) His mother becaue distraught that her son and husband did not agree.
(b) He lost his political influence for many months.
(c) Disillusionment of his party when he broke with them and voted with Jefferson.
(d) He was forced to change political parties and lose his seniority.

12. 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.

13. What is Kennedy's third pressure that he feels is the most damaging?
(a) Making decisions when a fellow Senator or Congressman needs to get a pet project going.
(b) Making decisions that will satisfy everyone in one way or another.
(c) Making decisions when to satisfy a constituancy will not be what is best for the nation.
(d) Making decisions when you do not have enough information to make good ones.

14. How did Webster view the Compromise of 1850 in terms of his anti-slavery convictions?
(a) He viewed it as a short-term compromise.
(b) He wanted to bring the prospect of Civil War to a head.
(c) He believed that compromise would eventually lead to abolition.
(d) He thought it would give him power to run for President.

15. 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 do what he thought was right regardless of his party or his popularity.
(c) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.
(d) He would stand up in the Senate without a gun.

Short Answer Questions

1. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?

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

3. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?

4. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?

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

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