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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a particular problem on occasion when the electorate presents a desire to the elected official?
(a) What they want may not in the long run be good for the constituency.
(b) What they want is not fair to fixed income people.
(c) What they want they are not willing to help pay for.
(d) What they want is not clear to the elected official.

2. How does Kennedy assess the failure of both Adams presidencies to produce second terms?
(a) Poor choices for their cabinet members.
(b) Unwillingness to campaign for a second term in office.
(c) An unwillingness to compromise on mundane matters of politics.
(d) Personalities that clased with everyone not of their religion.

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

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

5. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?
(a) It rallied the North to declare war on the South.
(b) It helped hold off the Civil War for a good ten years.
(c) It made many political allies for Webster.
(d) It gave the South the idea of secession.

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

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

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

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

10. 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 get more education.
(d) The need to publish a book.

11. What occurred during a duel that gave Benton a reputation as something of a thug?
(a) He rigged the other pistol so it wouldn't fire.
(b) He threw down his gun and beat the man with his fists.
(c) He had a sniper actually shoot the opponent.
(d) He killed a U. S. District Attorney.

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

13. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?
(a) The moral question of accepting money and gifts for Webster was not an issue for him.
(b) He accepted money and gifts but always did only what he thought was right.
(c) He felt he was entitled to extra benefits for his service to the Union.
(d) He never let that happen to him.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Houston ran away from home in his childhood, where did he go?

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

4. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?

5. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?

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