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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who suggested that Senators were vulgar demagogues?
(a) A cabinet member.
(b) An ambassador.
(c) A preacher.
(d) A reporter.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?
(a) That people thought everything they said was untrue.
(b) That people elected them on their looks.
(c) That they were gluttons for mental punishment.
(d) That they needed to be good public speakers.

7. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?
(a) He had strong views against slavery.
(b) He was older than any other politician.
(c) He knew all the words in the dictionary.
(d) He could out talk his opponents.

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

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

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

11. 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 go is to make your own decisions.
(c) The way to get along is to go along.
(d) Listen and do what the majority are doing.

12. Where did Benton say he's rather see the Democratic Party rather than give one inch to Mr. Van Buren?
(a) A thousand miles north of the Mason Dixon Line.
(b) 50 fathoms deep into the middle of hell fire.
(c) Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
(d) Out of politics altogether.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Houston define himself as an old fogy?

2. What leader who was at odds with Adams' father did John Quincey find himself agreeing with quite often?

3. Although thought of as a crazy politician, what did John F. Kennedy see as a mark of courage in the man?

4. What was Daniel Webster known for during his lifetime?

5. What was it about Benton that inspired the approval of his Missouri constituency?

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