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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?
(a) He was easy on political opponents and harsh on his family.
(b) He held his family by fear.
(c) He was always warm and gentle around his family.
(d) He hid his wife's mental illness from the public.

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

6. 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.

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

8. Why did Houston define himself as an old fogy?
(a) Because, he said, I don't always practice what I preach.
(b) Because, he said, I cling devotedly to the principles upon which our government was founded.
(c) Because, he said, I have been around far too long and need to retire.
(d) Because, he said, he had been made a martyr for Texas.

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

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 out a full term in office.
(b) Neither father nor son served a second term in office.
(c) Both father and son served during wartime.
(d) Both father and son served three terms in office.

11. For what conflict does Kennedy feel the most empathy?
(a) The conflict of constituency interest versus national interests.
(b) The conflict between political parties.
(c) The conflict of special interests versus constituency interests.
(d) The conflict between Congress and the Supreme Court.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said that courage is grace under pressure?

2. Why did Thomas Hart Benton get the nickname of Old Bullion?

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

4. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?

5. What earned Houston the name of traitor and pro-Abolitionist?

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