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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Unwillingness to campaign for a second term in office.
(c) Personalities that clased with everyone not of their religion.
(d) Poor choices for their cabinet members.

3. What action by Texas brought about the end of Houston's career?
(a) Seceeding from the Confederacy and impeaching Sam Houston.
(b) Secession from the Union and demanding a vow of loyalty to Texas as a member of the Confederacy..
(c) Voting to return to its independent state as the Republic of Texas.
(d) Voting to declare war on the North and sending troups and money to the Confederacy.

4. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(b) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(c) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(d) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.

5. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?
(a) Clay had always opposed Webster in the Senate before.
(b) Webster had given many speeches opposing Henry Clay.
(c) Clay was a republican and Webster was an independent.
(d) Clay was from the South and Webster was from the North.

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

7. What view did Webster take that made him unpopular with abolitionists?
(a) He was a strong supporter of the Union and believed compromise on slavery was more important than breaking up the nation.
(b) He refused to argue against salvery when he went to the Southern states.
(c) He did not feel that being a part of a Union that allowed slavery in some territories a viable alternative.
(d) He would not address the subject of slavery because he though it would just go away.

8. 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 Dallas Herald.
(b) On his tombstone.
(c) In the latest history books.
(d) On the face of the Texas capitol building.

9. 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 could out talk his opponents.
(d) He knew all the words in the dictionary.

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

11. In spite of John Quincey Adams' clarity and political courage, what life-long need did he have?
(a) A personal fortune so he was not dependent on the voters.
(b) Unwavering popularity among the people.
(c) The approval of his father and mother.
(d) The visible justification of God.

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

13. What does Kennedy say was a liability about Webster's immense popularity with both sides of the political spectrum?
(a) People rarely took him seriously because of his ability to argue both sides.
(b) He had the ability to disappoint twice as many people than most elected officials.
(c) Being popular made it difficult for him to compromise.
(d) He was a politician of popular opinion rather than high principles.

14. How did Webster view the Compromise of 1850 in terms of his anti-slavery convictions?
(a) He viewed it as a short-term compromise.
(b) He wanted to bring the prospect of Civil War to a head.
(c) He believed that compromise would eventually lead to abolition.
(d) He thought it would give him power to run for President.

15. Where did Houston deliver his acceptance speech after being elected Governor as an independent?
(a) In San Antonio, Texas.
(b) In Houston, Texas.
(c) On the steps of the Capitol building.
(d) At San Jacinto.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. According to Kennedy, what makes it difficult to recognize courageous acts when they do occur?

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