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

2. What traits indicate that Adams suffered common human emotions?
(a) Adams secret life of debauchery.
(b) His hate and retribution against his enemies.
(c) Lapses in his Puritanical beliefs.
(d) Times of disappointment and hurt at loss of popularity.

3. What leader who was at odds with Adams' father did John Quincey find himself agreeing with quite often?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Thomas Jefferson.
(c) George Washington.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.

4. 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 stand up in the Senate without a gun.
(c) He would do what he thought was right regardless of his party or his popularity.
(d) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.

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

6. When Houston ran away from home in his childhood, where did he go?
(a) To sea.
(b) To live with the Cherokee.
(c) To his grandfather.
(d) To Texas.

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

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

9. What act of inconsistency brought his Missouri constituents to brand him a traitor?
(a) His voting with the Republicans.
(b) His opposition to the Missouri Compromise.
(c) His willingness to allow the country to go to war.
(d) His opposition to annexting Texas.

10. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?
(a) Alaska.
(b) California.
(c) Montana.
(d) Oregon.

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

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

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

14. What was one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?
(a) Benton will never compromise.
(b) Benton is a bull in a china shop.
(c) Benton and Democracy are one and the same.
(d) Benton always knows what is right.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Kennedy suggest prevents a lot of people from acting courageously?

2. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?

3. In terms of service in office of both father and son, what similarity set them apart from presidents before and after them?

4. What trait of Adams ultimately caused him to suffer great disappointments?

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

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