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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What effect did Webster's three-hour-long speech in the Senate have in 1850?
(a) It helped hold off the Civil War for a good ten years.
(b) It rallied the North to declare war on the South.
(c) It made many political allies for Webster.
(d) It gave the South the idea of secession.

5. What did the historian Wharton say about Houston's courage as he fought against Texas' secession from the Union?
(a) Houston finally lost his courage and gave in to popular opinion.
(b) No one paid any attention as Houston entered the Secessionist Convention.
(c) He relapsed into alcoholism and went back to the Cherokee.
(d) It took a thousand times more courage than charging up the hill at San Jacinto.

6. 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.

7. 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 publish a book.
(c) The need to travel the world.
(d) The need to get more education.

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

9. What earned Houston the name of traitor and pro-Abolitionist?
(a) His vote against the Missouri compromise.
(b) His support of President Lincoln.
(c) His vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill.
(d) His friendship with Senator Calhoun.

10. What is the example of some advice Kennedy received when he first became a Congressman?
(a) The way to go is to make your own decisions.
(b) Listen and do what the majority are doing.
(c) The way to get along is to go along.
(d) Follow the yellow brick road.

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

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

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

14. What does Kennedy see as Webster's moral flaw?
(a) Webster had many affairs his wife did not know about.
(b) Webster had no compunction against taking money for political favors.
(c) Webster was a compulsive gambler.
(d) Webster was an alcoholic and often lost track of time.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Houston say he wanted it written that he loved his country, he was a patriot, and he was devoted to the Union.

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

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

5. What is a constant that an elected official must understand?

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