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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What metaphoric comparison does Kennedy make to John Quincey Adams' Puritanism?
(a) A conflict of interests.
(b) A mighty ship in a storm.
(c) Kennedy's Catholicism.
(d) The east coast, craggy, rocky, somber and strong.

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

4. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?
(a) The media will not report anything the elected official does not want made public.
(b) He or she is under scrutiny by the constituency.
(c) That once elected, the official is no longer responsible to the constituency.
(d) He or she will never hear from the constituency until election day.

5. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?
(a) If the Union divided, slavery might even become stronger in the Southern states.
(b) Northerns would be able to have slaves legally.
(c) Slavery would eventually dry up because there were fewer traders.
(d) World opinion would eventually settle the question.

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

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

8. What was Webster's justification for accepting political gifts and money?
(a) He shared the gifts with other Senators and Congressmen.
(b) He published his gifts in the newspaper.
(c) He considered them gifts from God and from voters or constituents who Webster believed were created in God's image.
(d) He used everything he collected for his favorite charities.

9. Why was Webster a leader in the North prior to the Civil War?
(a) He could out talk his opponents.
(b) He was older than any other politician.
(c) He had strong views against slavery.
(d) He knew all the words in the dictionary.

10. How did Benton's reputation for being crazy become problematic to his opponents?
(a) They never knew what he might do next.
(b) They feared he would challenge them to a duel.
(c) They feared he would blow up the capitol building.
(d) They thought people would think they were picking on Benton.

11. Kennedy sees as a weakness in John Quincey Adams an emotional attachment to whom?
(a) His wife and his mistress.
(b) His parents and God.
(c) His religious congregational members.
(d) His college friends and professors.

12. How was Benton's behavior different when he was with his family from when he was involved in politics?
(a) He held his family by fear.
(b) He hid his wife's mental illness from the public.
(c) He was easy on political opponents and harsh on his family.
(d) He was always warm and gentle around his family.

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

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

15. What does Kennedy identify as the second pressure that prevents courageous deeds by elected officials.
(a) The need to get re-elected.
(b) The need to travel the world.
(c) The need to get more education.
(d) The need to publish a book.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Quincey Adams' mother was fond of saying John had been groomed to do what?

2. What was so strange about Henry Clay's enlisting Webster in his cause for compromise?

3. What were Benton's most effective weapons as a fighter?

4. What action by Texas brought about the end of Houston's career?

5. After Houston's removal from the Senate, what office did he run for and win as an independent?

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