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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the first pressure of Americans that keeps them from acting courageously according to Kennedy?
(a) The need to be right all the time.
(b) The need to be well liked.
(c) The need to be different from other politicians.
(d) The need to raise campaign money.

2. How does Kennedy characterize the difficult position of the elected official?
(a) Walking in the difficult landscape of being elected by constituents.
(b) Being alone in the desert.
(c) Not being able to care about doing a good job.
(d) Walking on the moon.

3. 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) Media bias one way or the other.
(c) The secrecy of most courageous acts.
(d) Self interest that only looks like courage.

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

5. What trait of Adams ultimately caused him to suffer great disappointments?
(a) His uncompromising religion.
(b) His ability to manipulate his father.
(c) His superior attitude toward other politician.
(d) His willingness to change positions when expedient.

6. 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) The Kansas-Nebraska bill and the articles of confederation.
(c) The repeal of the Missouri Compromise and the bill of rights.
(d) Calhoun's bills and resolutions on the Oregon question.

7. Who said that courage is grace under pressure?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) John Quincy Adams.
(c) Jesus Christ.
(d) Bret Hart.

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

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

10. What is the irony of Houston's defending the Northerner's rights to abolition?
(a) Houston disliked all Yankees.
(b) Houston was a slave to the Cherokee.
(c) Houston opposed slavery except in the South.
(d) Houston owned slaves himself.

11. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.
(b) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.
(c) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.
(d) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.

12. Why did Thomas Hart Benton get the nickname of Old Bullion?
(a) His silver mines in Missouri.
(b) His advocacy for hard currency.
(c) His greed for money.
(d) His gold plated sign on his office door.

13. For what prestigious university did Adams once work as a professor?
(a) Princeton.
(b) Yale.
(c) Dartmouth.
(d) Harvard.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?

2. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?

3. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.

4. Why did Benton oppose the treaty of annexation of Texas?

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

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