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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Kennedy assess the failure of both Adams presidencies to produce second terms?
(a) Poor choices for their cabinet members.
(b) An unwillingness to compromise on mundane matters of politics.
(c) Unwillingness to campaign for a second term in office.
(d) Personalities that clased with everyone not of their religion.

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

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

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

5. 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) He accepted money and gifts but always did only what he thought was right.
(c) He never let that happen to him.
(d) The moral question of accepting money and gifts for Webster was not an issue for him.

6. Which of the following public offices did John Quincey Adams NOT hold?
(a) Supreme Court Justice.
(b) Senator.
(c) Congressman.
(d) President.

7. Whom did the Adams family say that the magistrate must serve?
(a) His god.
(b) His people.
(c) His party.
(d) His family.

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

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

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

11. What advantage do minority special interest groups have to influence elected officials?
(a) Being watchdogs on everything the official does.
(b) Not needing money to get their message across.
(c) Being able to get medial coverage without a budget.
(d) Being articulate and able to sway the public.

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

13. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?
(a) That people elected them on their looks.
(b) That they needed to be good public speakers.
(c) That people thought everything they said was untrue.
(d) That they were gluttons for mental punishment.

14. What was it about Benton that inspired the approval of his Missouri constituency?
(a) He took young Congressmen under his wing.
(b) He was also very popular among his party members.
(c) He did not care about political pressures and did what he thought was right.
(d) He arranged a lot of pork barrel spending in Missouri.

15. What well-known military leader had Houston served under?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Ulysses S. Grant.
(c) Andrew Jackson.
(d) Robert E. Lee.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is ironic about Texas secession on March 2?

2. What was Benton's characteristic that early on made his constituents love him?

3. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?

4. What was one argument Webster made for compromising on the question of slavery?

5. Besides the Texas territory which Benton opposed, what other one did he support against his party's stand?

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