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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?
(a) His political connections.
(b) His outstanding education.
(c) His handsomeand commanding appearance.
(d) His ability to make friends easily.

4. What measure did Henry Clay enlist Webster to help with?
(a) The Great Compromise of 1850.
(b) Speaches warning about Abraham Lincoln's political ambitions.
(c) Re-writing the Bill of Rights to include slavery.
(d) Clay's bid for re-election.

5. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?
(a) Benton had too many duels.
(b) The Missouri voters became ashamed of Benton's rough behavior.
(c) The Missouri voters felt allied to the South but Benton supported the Union.
(d) Benton refused to own slaves.

6. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?
(a) The way to get along is to go along.
(b) Listen and do what the majority are doing.
(c) Follow the yellow brick road.
(d) The way to go is to make your own decisions.

7. What was it about Benton that inspired the approval of his Missouri constituency?
(a) He was also very popular among his party members.
(b) He did not care about political pressures and did what he thought was right.
(c) He took young Congressmen under his wing.
(d) He arranged a lot of pork barrel spending in Missouri.

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

9. What was the result of Webster's courageous stand in giving the Seventh of March speech?
(a) Webster sacrificed his potential presidential run and his popularity.
(b) Webster would have become president but he died 2 years later.
(c) Webster was honored by his constituents as a man of courage.
(d) Webster changed his position of slavery to agree with Clay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?

2. What was one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?

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

4. What did the historian Wharton say about Houston's courage as he fought against Texas' secession from the Union?

5. What metaphoric comparison does Kennedy make to John Quincey Adams' Puritanism?

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