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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.
(a) In the latest history books.
(b) On his tombstone.
(c) On the face of the Texas capitol building.
(d) In the Dallas Herald.

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

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

5. What two bills did Houston support that made him unpopular in the South?
(a) The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850.
(b) Calhoun's bills and resolutions on the Oregon question.
(c) The repeal of the Missouri Compromise and the bill of rights.
(d) The Kansas-Nebraska bill and the articles of confederation.

6. John Quincey Adams' mother was fond of saying John had been groomed to do what?
(a) Become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(b) Write great books.
(c) Become a Puritan minister.
(d) Uphold the American legal system.

7. Who was the first son of a former president to become president of the U.S.?
(a) John Quincey Adams.
(b) Andrew Jefferson.
(c) Thomas Alva Edison.
(d) Geroge Washington Carver.

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

9. Which of the following public offices did John Quincey Adams NOT hold?
(a) Congressman.
(b) President.
(c) Supreme Court Justice.
(d) Senator.

10. In terms of service in office of both father and son, what similarity set them apart from presidents before and after them?
(a) Neither father nor son served a second term in office.
(b) Both father and son served during wartime.
(c) Both father and son served three terms in office.
(d) Neither father nor son served out a full term in office.

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

12. After Houston's removal from the Senate, what office did he run for and win as an independent?
(a) House of Representatives.
(b) Senator from Tennessee.
(c) Attorney General of Texas.
(d) Governor of Texas.

13. 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 had watered Texas soil with his blood.
(b) He said he paid his taxes regularly.
(c) He said he had authorized the funds to build that courthouse.
(d) He said he was the greatest general Texas ever had.

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

15. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?
(a) Social and public pressures.
(b) Fear of the unknown.
(c) Averice and greed.
(d) Not enough education about courage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Kennedy say was a liability about Webster's immense popularity with both sides of the political spectrum?

3. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?

4. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?

5. What advantage did John Quincey Adams have as a politician?

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