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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was rumored to be the cause of Houston's breakdown and resigning as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) People were pressuring him to run for President of the Union but he did not want to.
(b) He started drinking heavily and could not perform his duties.
(c) He discovered that his young bride had been forced to marry him even though she loved another.
(d) General Andrew Jackson called him for an important secret mission.

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

4. 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 raise campaign money.
(c) The need to be different from other politicians.
(d) The need to be well liked.

5. 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 father-child relationship.
(d) A lawyer-client relationship.

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

7. Why was John Quincey Adams generally unhappy?
(a) He never felt he had accomplished enough.
(b) He never couold live up to his mother's expectations.
(c) He never traveled abroad.
(d) He never married his childhood sweetheart.

8. What is another difficult situation for an elected official besides the interests of the nation and those of the constituency?
(a) Political differences within the official's own family.
(b) Presidential arm twisting.
(c) Party pressure to vote the party line.
(d) National opinion polls.

9. How did Webster's constituents view his stand on compromise with the slave states?
(a) They thought he should run for President.
(b) They supported him wholeheartedly.
(c) They were proud of their native son.
(d) It drew their wrath.

10. How did Daniel Webster describe and define himself?
(a) As a debator who loved to take any opposing view.
(b) Not as a Massachusetts man but as an American.
(c) As a free thinker opposed to the Union.
(d) As a citizen of the world.

11. In terms of service in office of both father and son, what similarity set them apart from presidents before and after them?
(a) Both father and son served three terms in office.
(b) Neither father nor son served out a full term in office.
(c) Neither father nor son served a second term in office.
(d) Both father and son served during wartime.

12. 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 stand up in the Senate without a gun.
(d) He would do whatever was necessary to get re-elected.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

2. Why was Webster not bothered by what many would consider as bribes?

3. How did Webster view the Compromise of 1850 in terms of his anti-slavery convictions?

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

5. How did Benton's reputation for being crazy become problematic to his opponents?

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