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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Benton's characteristic that early on made his constituents love him?
(a) His fearlessness.
(b) His humble nature.
(c) His political favors.
(d) His sense of humor.

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

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

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

5. What questionable arrangement kept Webster in the Senate when he was about to resign?
(a) Businesses who benefited from his help paid off his debts so he could remain in the senate.
(b) Webster appointed his relatives to Senate jobs.
(c) Webster was offered a bfribe which he nearly accepted.
(d) Webster lied under oath in a Senate hearing.

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

7. What occurred during a duel that gave Benton a reputation as something of a thug?
(a) He rigged the other pistol so it wouldn't fire.
(b) He threw down his gun and beat the man with his fists.
(c) He killed a U. S. District Attorney.
(d) He had a sniper actually shoot the opponent.

8. Who served as the Governor of Tennessee and later as Senator from the State of Texas?
(a) Thomas Hart Benton.
(b) Henry Calhoun.
(c) Sam Houston.
(d) Stephen A. Austin.

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

10. In addition to being the first Senator from Missouri, what other first did Benton achieve?
(a) First Senator to change political parties.
(b) First politician to support Martin Van Buren.
(c) First Senator to serve 30 years in the Senate.
(d) First politician to have a duel.

11. What was the dichotomy concerning John Quincey Adams' father?
(a) Adams was a stern father but a political liberal.
(b) Adams raised his son to always do as his father did regardless of what he thought personally.
(c) Adams was not religious but his son, John Quincey, was a devout Puritan.
(d) Adams had raised his son to do what he believed to be right and that meant opposing his father.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one of Benton's favorite sayings about himself?

2. How did one reporter categorize elected officials?

3. What issue caused Benton finally to begin losing popularity in Missouri?

4. To what does Kennedy ascribe as half the power of Webster?

5. Besides appearing to be disloyal to his father when he aligned himself with Jefferson's politics, what other problem arose for John Quincey Adams?

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